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American Academy of Pediatrics-publications
This site has a section of interest to child care providers and parents. Community pediatrics (at at contains information about the national Healthy Child Care America campaign.

American with Disabilities Act pertaining to child care
The ADA site gives guidance on making the child care setting accessible to all children and accommodating to the physical, health, and developmental needs of children with disabilities.

Caring for Our Children - The National Health and Safety in Child Care Performance Standards
This site contains the national health and safety standards for child care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This site has fact sheets for communicable diseases.

Child Abuse - To report child abuse call (800)-362-2178

Child Abuse Information
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has information about preventing child abuse and neglect, and child advocacy.

Child Care Regulations for Iowa Centers and Child Development Homes

Children's Defense Fund
CDF is a child advocacy program that monitors national events and actions that aid children or put children at risk. CDF has a system to alert professionals about pending issues of great importance to children.

Dental Screening & Oral Health
Dental screening aids the early detection and making of referrals for treatment of dental disease; reduces impact of dental disease; encourages effective oral health practices early in life; and promotes the importance of oral health as an integral component of preparation for school and learning; and contribute to statewide surveillance of oral health.

Environmental Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health has several environmental health programs:
•  Air Quality
•  Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
•  Private Septic/Sewer System
•  Child care providers living on farmsteads may use the Farm A Syst resources for water quality and septic systems: Farm*A*Syst

Health Insurance for Iowa Children
Information about Iowa's insurance program for children is available on two different websites:
Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i).
The Covering Kids website is hawk-i website is Help children have access to quality health care through the hawk-i program.

Immunization Information for Iowa Child Care Providers
•  Iowa Certificate of Immunization Adobe Acrobat Document, Get Acrobat Reader

National After School Association (formerly known as the National School-Age Care Alliance)
NAA supports child care providers working with school-age children in before and after school and summer programs. The NAA has national standards for quality school-age care.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is a professional organization for child care providers. The NAEYC has materials and other resources for child care providers. The NAEYC accreditation standards and process are listed.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NACCRRA is a professional organization supporting personnel of child care resource and referral agencies and child care providers. NACCRRA has materials for child care providers that focus on developing quality child care programs.

National Association of Family Child Care
NAFCC supports child care providers that work in their own home or in the homes of the children they care for.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
The NRC seeks to improve the quality of child care by supporting state and local health agencies, child care resource and referral agencies, and child care providers. This site has various print and electronic resources to aid the child care provider in responding to health and safety issues.

Playground Safety The National Program for Playground Safety has resource materials and training available to improve the safety of children in outdoor play.

Poison Control
For emergencies or for assistance regarding a poisoning event call (800) 222-1222.

Safe Kids Campaign
The National Safe Kids Campaign is devoted to protect children ages 0-14 from the leading cause of death-unintentional injuries.

Shaken Baby
TThis organization seeks to educate the public about the dangers of shaking a baby. Find helpful hints about coping with a crying baby and anger management. This website has various free resources to aid in educating and preventing this tragedy. They offer a free 24-hour emergency hotline at 866-243-BABY (2229).

Substance Abuse
Iowa child care providers may face children and families effected by substance abuse. Iowa has a network of safe community programs to assist community members in understanding the concerns and issues of substance abuse.

Iowa's voluntary Quality Rating System
The link to Iowa's voluntary Quality Rating System for child care providers offers resources and forms for providers. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions. The purpose of the QRS is to raise the quality of child care in Iowa, increase the number of children in high-quality child care settings, and educate parents about quality in child care. Health and safety questions related to the QRS should be directed to your Child Care Nurse Consultant. Click here to find your consultant  Adobe Acrobat Logo.