About Early Care and Education

At a glance

  • This portal provides the latest information and resources to help early care and education providers promote and safeguard the health and well-being of children.
  • The content includes the promotion of physical and mental health as well as prevention of injury, illness, and disease. Additional topics include emergency preparedness, positive parenting, and supporting children with disabilities.
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Why it's important

As an early care and education provider (such as a childcare provider, Head Start teacher, early intervention provider, home visitor, or other educator of young children), you are on the frontlines of public health. Thank you for the important work you do each day. You are a valuable partner in promoting and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our nation's children and families.

To help you in your important role, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers many resources—from free training courses to educational materials you can share with families.

This online portal is your access point to the latest early childhood resources from the CDC. The portal includes tools and resources to help implement many early childhood health and safety standards included in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards and key federal programs such the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the Child Care Development Fund Health and Safety Requirements. Please explore the web pages to learn more about how these resources can help you.