Online Program

Children's environmental exposures in early learning: Preventing harm through emerging resources, updated standards and state and national initiatives

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Nsedu Witherspoon, MPH, Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), Washington, DC
In the 3rd and 4th years of a 5-year Health in all Policies (HiAP) cooperative agreement with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) supported national child care organizations in advancing environmental health best practices in child care settings. Within this initiative, CEHN collaborated with: the Association for Early Learning Leaders (AELL) – National Accreditation Commission, as they reviewed and edited their health and safety standards to better include indicators pertaining to children’s environmental health; the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC), as they created a collection of Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (CFOC3) standards relevant to environment health in the early care and education community; and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) as they modified their 2014-2020 strategic plan to highlight environmental health as an important consideration for child care licensing officials. The process for accomplishing these achievements and their related impacts on the early learning environment will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the populations of infants and young children who are in child care and are most at risk of exposures to environmental hazards. 
 Examine recent successes and current efforts to incorporate environmental health into child care policies and practices through Health in All Policies (HiAP) collaborative projects.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as the Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network for the last 11 years and have worked as an advocate in the child health protection community since 2000. CEHN also leads the Eco-Health Child Care Program, the only one of its kind working to bring environmental health education and training to the child care professional community.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.