Health: A Guide to the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standard and Related Accreditation Criteria

Sharon Ritchie, Barbara Willer
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Health includes complete physical, oral, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. To benefit from education and maintain quality of life, children need to be as healthy as possible and to be able to depend on adults?who also are as healthy as possible?to make healthy choices for them and to teach them to make healthy choices for themselves. This resource focuses on NAEYC?s ?Health? Program Standard. Although some degree of risk taking is desirable for learning, a quality program prevents hazardous practices and environments. Use this book to ensure that your program is doing all it can.


This is one of nine booklets addressing the Standards and Criteria specific to NAEYC Accreditation of early childhood education programs. (To view the other eight titles, search by title for ?accreditation criteria.?) Be advised that if your program enrolls in NAEYC Self-Study (the first step toward Accreditation) it will receive a copy of this booklet, among other resources, as part of the cost of enrollment. For guidance on the self-study and accreditation processes, visit