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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.

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    CSHEL received a grant from the Washington State Department of Early Learning to reach out to infant nurse consultants and Head Start/Early Head Start and ECEAP Health Managers/Coordinators working in our state. We work to provide a forum for dissemination of best practice standards for health, safety and healthy active living in child care and early learning settings. Your feedback will enhance our ability to provide educational materials and resources to enhance the important and unique work you do. We look forward to hearing from you!

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