Eco-Healthy Child Care Checklist
Selecting a daycare for your child is a daunting and overwhelming task. There are so many options and so many different things to take into account. One many parents now look into is how green the daycare is. Daycares are often known for using harsh chemical cleaners, and wasting paper, not taking care of the environment. However, green daycares are out there and an increasing amount of daycares are taking advantage of becoming green to better the children they care for as well as take care of the environment. Green daycares will be more environmentally friendly by reducing their waste, using natural cleaners, serving organic and local food, and teaching the kids to do the same. The Oregon Environmental Council screens daycares with 25 questions about the quality of air, water, cleaning supplies, food, recycling programs, playground equipment, plastics, art supplies, furniture, carpets, mercury, lead, chemicals, pest prevention, and pesticides. If you own a daycare, work at a daycare, or are seeking daycare it is encouraged that you get the answers to all of these questions. At the very least it will bring up new ideas on how the daycare can be more environmentally friendly or even create a new, green daycare. These daycares are endorsed as Eco-Healthy Child Care.