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Embrace and Incorporate Children’s Environmental Health: Adopting Child-Protective Policies and Best Practices

On September 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) will host a webinar on adopting child protective policies and best practices. Children’s developing bodies and organ systems and unique behaviors make them more vulnerable than adults to environmental hazards. Even relatively small exposures to toxic chemicals, such as those that are commonly encountered in many child care settings, may cause health issues. How can entities that are dedicated to the protection of children in early learning settings build their capacity to better protect children’s health and development?

Presenters on this webinar will discuss the lessons learned by their organization in the process of adopting policies or best practices to protect children’s environmental health. New resources on children’s environmental health for child care professionals will also be shared.


  • Marcus Williams, Executive Director, National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA)
  • Colleen Tracy Haddad, Executive Director, Association for Early Learning Leaders (AELL)
  • Susan Hedges, Director, Program Standards and Assessment, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)



  • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)


Who should participate?

  • Owners and managers of child care, early care, and learning facilities
  • Child care licensing staff and child care nurse health consultants
  • Board members, executives, and staff at public health organizations and agencies
  • Board members, executives, and staff at child care professional organizations and agencies
  • State legislators and other elected officials interested in child health and development

To register: Go to

Consultations with NAEYC Academy staff

Get your answers to your questions and concerns about the NAEYC Accreditation process, educational qualifications, groups and much more by speaking directly with NAEYC Academy staff. Submit a Consultation Request to schedule a time and date for a 15, 30, or 45-minute consultation about NAEYC Accreditation.

Updated Fees for NAEYC Accreditation - Effective January 1, 2015

NAEYC’s commitment to the program administrators and teaching staff who pursue quality improvement through NAEYC Accreditation—and to the children and families who ultimately benefit from that inspiring work—has never been stronger. In order to continue supporting early childhood programs and strengthening the accreditation system, NAEYC has taken steps to ensure the long-term viability of NAEYC Accreditation.

After careful consideration, the fees for pursuing and maintaining NAEYC Accreditation have been increased starting January 1, 2015 Click here for more information. We understand that these updated fees will affect your program, and we welcome your questions and concerns.

Redacting Information from the 72 Hour Notification Form

Beginning April 1st, programs submitting a 72-Hour Notification Form to NAEYC will be required to redact (i.e., remove or obscure) confidential or sensitive information, such as the names of children and teaching staff. 72-Hour Notification Forms are reviewed by staff and then sent to the Academy’s Scope and Severity Committee. Redaction of sensitive information is the best way to ensure confidentiality of persons and organizations. For more information about what information should be redacted, click here.

New Trend Brief Now Available

Trend Briefs share data collected through the NAEYC Accreditation process and connect those findings to early childhood education research trends. NAEYC is proud to announce a new Trend Brief that considers the importance of family engagement, a concept that is robustly assessed through NAEYC Accreditation. Read more about Trend Briefs here.

Catch Up with the Latest Accreditation Updates

"Revised Guidance for Assessment—Effective April 1,2015"— All programs visited after April 1 will be assesed based on this guidance. Please note that revisions made to Criterion 5.A. 12 will go into effect beginning June 1, 2015. Many guidance changes reflect research-based updates of recommended practices. Criteria language was not changed for this update; instead, new guidance directs you how the criterion or indicator will now be rated. Read more about the criteria and past revisions to Guidance here. Visit Torch to download updated Tools for Self-Assessment reflecting these revisions.

Criterion 5.A.03: Resource for Programs—Use this resource to ensure that your program meets Required Criterion 5.A.03. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the NAEYC Academy at for clarification regarding the current requirements for 5.A.03.