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Eco-Healthy Child Care® - Protecting Children's Environmental Health
language English, Spanish

Course Learning Objectives

Objectives for this course are divided into three sections:

Improving Indoor Air and Selecting Art Materials
  • Recognize how each of us are exposed to hundreds of different chemicals each day, why these exposures are concerning, and why young children are especially vulnerable to these toxic exposures
  • Recognize how indoor and outdoor air pollution directly impact the health and well-being of young children in early learning and early care environments, as well as how to implement strategies for improving indoor air quality
  • Identify how Radon can seep into our homes and early learning environments, how to test for Radon, and how to attain resources for mitigation
  • Recognize that art and craft supplies can contain toxic ingredients that, when used or stored in a play area, create a risk to the health and well-being of children, and identify strategies for offering eco-friendly art and craft experiences

Protecting Children’s Health By Choosing Safer Furniture, Playground Equipment, Toys, and Pest Control Products
  • Identify the adverse health effects associated with children’s exposure to pesticides and the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Recognize how to avoid household furnishings that contain hidden toxic materials
  • Identify the health effects associated with children’s exposure to lead, the various sources of lead in early care and learning environments, and strategies for protecting children from future exposures
  • Recognize the negative health effects associated with mercury, common sources of mercury, and simple ways to protect children from mercury exposures within early care and early learning environments
  • Recognize that arsenic occurs naturally in rock and soil and how to effectively avoid arsenic exposure

Reducing Exposures to Household Chemicals and Unsafe Plastics
  • Identify the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting and how to choose safe, eco-friendly products
  • Recognize the negative health effects associated with chemicals in plastics, and ways to reduce children’s exposure to such chemicals
  • Recognize the benefits of conservation, and tips and resources on how to effectively and efficiently reduce, reuse, and recycle in early care and early learning environments
  • Identify ways children are exposed to harmful chemicals


schedule 3 Hours
star_outline 0.30 CEUs
computer 1 year unlimited access
verified_user Certificate of completion
face Early childhood training approval


This course is fun, educational and captivating. Learn why children are uniquely vulnerable to common environmental health hazards found in the early learning environment (e.g., lead, pesticides, household chemicals, unsafe plastics), and receive practical and no-to-low cost strategies for preventing children’s exposures to toxins. With engaging interactions offered throughout, this course is designed for child care providers, as well as directors, administrators and those who offer technical assistance and/or training to early care and learning professionals.

Not all courses are approved for early care and education in every state. Please check State and CEU Approvals page for details.