Healthy Spaces for Healthy Development

The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH), in partnership with the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), has created this website to increase awareness of children's exposure to potential contaminants in the areas where children grow, learn and play. You will find reliable, up-to-date information that allows you to make informed decisions about how to create safe and healthy spaces for young children.

Healthy Spaces for Healthy Development is aimed at providing parents and caregivers with reliable and updated information to better protect children from environmental contaminants and pollution in places where children under the age of six live and play. A second arm of the project will be the identification of policies governing the operation of childcare facilities that impact upon environmental health and the evaluation of their consistency with the best practices recommended.

The project consists of a user-friendly interactive tool on the Internet, where parents and caregivers can access the information they need to make important decisions and explore alternatives. The images of a house, a playground and a childcare facility will appear individually on a section clearly identifying the type of setting. The user will be able to navigate through each room or area, identify potential threats and viable solutions to mitigate or eliminate the problem. Once the user selects a particular area, a pop-up menu will appear with the relevant information.

For more information about the project, contact Leonor Alvarado




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