Watch the slideshow to access resources on health, safety, and legal issues that can also affect child care licensing.
What kinds of cribs can and should be used to both keep children safe and allow for easy access?
Learn more about regulations around cribs in child care settings.
Read the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s statement about medical cribs used in homes and child care settings.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has adopted new, stricter standards for infant cribs and crib safety.
Temperature and Air Quality
Most children love and absolutely need outdoor play during the time they spend in child care and child care regulations require that they outdoor time at least twice a day. But when is it too hot or cold for outdoor play? And when can the air quality be a problem (especially for children with breathing issues)?
Maryland law requires that all child care facilities (child care centers and family child care providers) have a written emergency preparedness plan. To take the six-hour training that will help you create an emergency plan, visit Project Security Blanket.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and deaths among children in the U.S. According to Maryland law, every child under 8 years old must ride in an appropriate car restraint seat unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller. For information on selecting and using car restraint seats, go to Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (Maryland KISS).
The playground is typically a magical place for children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates, though, that more than 200,000 children a year suffer injuries requiring medical treatment when playground equipment is used improperly. Learn more about how to keep children safe during playtime. Download the Office of Child Care’s Playground and Water Safety Guidelines (PDF).
One of a child care providers foremost responsibilities is, of course, to keep children healthy. For a wide range of information on multiple health issues, connect with the DECD’s Child Health Issues portal page.
Access the Maryland Sex Offenders Registry, which is maintained by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This site also provides “amber alert” information for missing and abducted children.