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Parents and child care providers in Indiana can now have peace of mind that Hoosier children can attend an environmentally healthy child care; one that promotes healthy development in young children free from pesticides, harmful chemicals, lead paint hazards, radon, and other often invisible environmental health threats.
The 5-Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities ensures child care providers have taken steps to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long term developmental problems in young children.
Child care facilities (licensed homes and centers and registered ministries) can apply by completing the application (now available on the IDEM Forms page) and self assessment [PDF]. The program is completely voluntary and each facility chooses the number of stars they’d like to apply for (1, 3, or 5).
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants every facility to be successful. Applicants receive a lead risk assessment, radon test, on-site confidential assistance, and no idling signs for no charge. Members receive a plaque, window clings, use of the 5-Star Logo, press release, reusable grocery bags, light switch plates, mention on the website, and a quarterly mailing that includes materials such as posters, stickers, magnets, and brochures to distribute to families.
For more information, call (800) 451-6027.
See the application for a current and complete list of requirements (application now available on the IDEM Forms page).
To achieve one star, the facility should:
To achieve three stars, the facility should:
To achieve five stars, the facility should: