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[IDEM] Eight child care facilities earn praise for cleaner, safer environments
Start Date: 7/17/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/17/2013
Entry Description

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) this month is celebrating eight Indiana child care facilities that have joined or are renewing their membership in Indiana’s Five Star Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities. Participants in the “Five Star” program voluntarily take measures above and beyond the minimum requirements to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long-term developmental problems in young children.


The new Five Star facilities are:

Hamilton County

• Little Angels Home Life Daycare, LLC, Carmel (3 stars)

Monroe County

• Bloomington Center for Global Children, Bloomington (5 stars)


Renewing Five Star facilities are:

Bartholomew County

Cummins Child Development Center, Columbus ( 5 stars)

Kosciusko County

North Webster Daycare, North Webster (5 stars)

St. Joseph County

First English Lutheran Nursery School, Mishawaka (5 stars)

Early Childhood Development Center, Inc. St Mary’s Campus, Notre Dame  (3 stars)

• Early Childhood Development Center, Inc. Notre Dame Campus, Notre Dame (3 stars)

Vanderburgh County

• Bethany Little Disciples Day Care Ministry, Evansville (5 stars)


Children are more affected by pollution than adults because their organs are still developing, they are smaller, and they may be exposed to additional environmental threats as they play and explore their world. “The owners, teachers and staff of Indiana’s Five Star child care programs can be proud of their work to provide cleaner, safer environments for the children in their care,” said Thomas Easterly, IDEM commissioner.


Applicants to the Five Star program receive a free lead risk assessment, radon test, on-site confidential assistance, and no-idling signs. Participants earn one, three or five stars based on the measures they implement to manage environmental health issues and reduce children’s exposure to mercury, lead hazards, mold, asbestos, radon, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and PCBs. Many Five Star members have started recycling programs, developed formal written plans for chemical management, reduced energy usage, and implemented no-idling zones. Membership in the program is reevaluated every two years.


More than 5,500 Hoosier children attend Five Star child care facilities. For information about the Five Star program, including a list of participating facilities, visit IDEM’s website at For membership information, child care facilities can contact Karen Teliha, IDEM’s Community and Environmental Health Coordinator, at (800) 451-6027.


About IDEM

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and the environment. 



Contact Information:
Name: Amy Smith
Phone: (317) 233-4927
Entry Type:
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    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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