Eco-Healthy Child Care Certification

Did you know that you could get nationally certified and endorsed by the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program  (EHCC) for having an eco-friendly child care setting? 

What does it mean to be certified by the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program?  EHCC provides you with a checklist and standards and after you meet those standards, the program will provide you with a certification stating you have met 24 out of 30 of their best practices.  After you have met their criteria, your child care business would be in their database and searchable by parents, you would get a placard to put in your window, marketing opportunities on their website and further trainings.

Who is the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program?  It is a program launched by the Children’s Environmental Health Network and combines two already existing programs 1) Oregon Environmental Council’s program called the Eco-Healthy Child Care program and 2) Washington D.C. based Children’s Environmental Health Network for Child Care Facilities and Preschool Programs.  With the merger of these two great programs the Children’s Environmental Health Network has the capacity to reach thousands more facilities and hundreds of thousands more children.

You may be thinking you don’t have the funds to comply or already have enough on your plate but the EHCC is aware of this and aims to provide not only a way for you to learn how to create a safe child care environment but provides you with more credibility and marketing opportunities. 

Either way, check it out!  If it’s not for you, one of your fellow providers might like it.  Discover what it is all about and follow this link Eco-Healthy Child Care Program.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building