The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) is a multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations including Toronto Public Health, with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children’s health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.
CPCHE’s newest publication, Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors, is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce potentially harmful exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in child care settings.
This user-friendly checklist, supplemented by supporting information and resources, addresses environmental health issues in a variety of typical indoor and outdoor settings. The ideas and suggestions included in the resource – ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a scent-free policy or composting program – can help a child care centre go beyond regulatory requirements to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.
Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors is available for purchase from CPCHE or for free download from the CPCHE website at: www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.