Our purpose is to create and sustain a representative voice for children's health and safety in early care and education settings.
In 1988, the Washington State legislature created the Child Care Coordinating Council (CCCC) in an effort to bring key players from various state agencies, early care advocates, business, and other interested parties together to focus the legislative agenda around child care issues. This coalition began as the Health and Safety subcommittee of the CCCC, tasked with advising the legislature on issues impacting health and safety in child care settings. The group was legislatively mandated and included representatives from the licensing agency (Department of Social and Health Services, now Department of Early Learning), Department of Health, Child Care Resource & Referral, HeadStart, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program), local health jurisdictions, and others.Learn more
DEL is attempting to align licensing, Early Achievers and ECEAP standards. To ensure best practices for health in child care are included in this process, please consider attending one of the following meetings.
This training explains the importance of protecting infants during a crucial time of their development. Learn about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what you can do to reduce the risk of SIDS with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focusing on a safe sleep environment. Resources to print out are included.
Currently offered trainings in health, safety and nutrition for health professionals and child care providers.
Healthiest Next Generation (HNG) Initiatives
The Washington State Department of Early Learning in support of Governor Jay Inslee's Healthiest Next Generation initiative provides a number of resources that promote healthy active living for children. A select number of those resources can be found on this web site. Look for the HNG logo. For a complete viewing of all resources, visit Washington Department of Early Learning.
Let's Move! Child Care: Healthy Eating Online STARS Module Let's Move! Child Care: Physical Activity Online STARS Module Media Aware Child Care Online STARS Module NapSACC Self Assessments PA Nutrition Policies
CSHEL meetings are held three times a year. Below you will find the minutes from the most recent meetings. To view more meeting minutes, click here.