Healthy Child Care Colorado promotes child safety and injury prevention strategies by creating and delivering innovative professional development experiences that raise awareness, build skills, and support the integration of best practices and policies.
Create a Safe Sleep Policy
Early childhood education programs must have policies for safe sleep environments for infants and a policy on the protection of infants from second hand smoke.
- Download a Sample safe sleep policy
- Review the Colorado Secretary of State’s Complete Safe Sleep Rules.
- Refer to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for more information on safe sleep equipment.
- Healthy Child Care Colorado periodically offers Infant Safe Sleep Train-the-Trainer events for Child Care Health Consultants and other CDE approved trainers. See the training calendar for scheduled events.
Child Health Liaison Training
A Child Health Liaison is a health and safety advocate in a center-based program or family child care home. In a center, the the liaison partners with the Child Care Health Consultant to provide support to staff, families, and children around a variety of health and safety topics. These topics may include information on communicable disease, immunizations, playground safety, nutrition, and the care of children with special health care needs.
A free Child Health Liaison course is available online at the Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) and is a good training resource for early childhood education providers interested in improving health and safety in their programs. To learn more about the Child Health Liaison Online Training, please review the frequently asked questions.
Health and safety in early childhood education settings is very important. Here you will find information and links to other websites that offer information about a variety of health and safety topics. The information and links below represent best practice, research-based information and can be used by a variety of early childhood education programs and by families.
CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center)
The Injury Center is the only U.S. federal agency that deals exclusively with injury and violence prevention in non-occupational settings. It leads a coordinated public health approach to tackling this critical health and safety issue.
Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention
Is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy.
Healthy Children Is the only parenting website backed by 60,000 pediatricians of the American Academy of Pediatrics, committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Check out the safety check lists and explore other areas of this site as well for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.