Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy

January 2015


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The child care environment is vitally important to the healthy development of millions of young children who receive care outside their homes. Along with creating a safe, nurturing, and stimulating child care program, protecting children from exposure to indoor environmental contaminants is critical to advancing the core goals of early care and education. This report, prepared by the Environmental Law Institute and the Children’s Environmental Health Network, provides an overview of how state policy addresses indoor environmental exposures in the child care setting. The report highlights notable examples to assist policymakers, agency officials, non-governmental organizations and associations, and others who work to advance quality child care and promote children’s health.

The report includes chapters covering: Environmental Tobacco Smoke; Radon; Carbon Monoxide Alarms; Mold and Dampness; Building Ventilation and Temperature; Pesticides; Lead-Based Paint; Asbestos; Other Chemical Exposures: Cleaning, Renovation, and Consumer Products; and Facility Site/Location.


Other ELI Policy Resources on Environmental Health in Child Care:

Click HERE to download a 2015 ELI report discussing state laws and regulations addressing drinking water quality in child care facilities.

Click HERE to download a 2018 ELI report discussing state laws, regulations, and programs addressing environmental site hazards at child care facilities.

Click HERE to download a 2019 report discussing selected funding sources for environmental assessment and remediation at child care facilities.

Click HERE to download a 2020 ELI report discussing state laws and regulations addressing chemical emissions from dry cleaners in order to reduce exposures at child care facilities.