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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 Five 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 (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 (3, 4, 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 Five Star Logo, press release, and mention on the website.
For more information, call (800) 451-6027.
See the application for a current and complete list of requirements (application available on the IDEM Forms page).
To achieve three stars, the facility should:
To achieve four stars, the facility should:
To achieve five stars, the facility should: