Model Health Policies for Child Care Health Facilities
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Breastfeeding: Child care providers play a very special role in helping babies get the best nutrition for a healthy start in life. Health professionals agree that breastmilk is the best food for babies. Babies that are separated from their mothers, and in your care, can still have the benefits of breastmilk. In order to support breastfeeding mothers and infants in the child care setting, the Child Care Health Program staff has created two documents. The first describes the components of a breastfeeding friendly child care program. The second is a model policy that is designed to assist child care providers in supporting breastfeeding mothers and infants and in protecting the health of breastfed babies. We hope that you will find these documents useful in your programs.
Health Policies (PDF*): Model health policies for child care centers and for school age care programs are available to download. Child Care Health Program Public Health Nurses are available to assist King County child care programs with development of a health policy. Please call 206-263-8262 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. *The Health Policies are formatted in fillable PDF format. Be sure to have the latest version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to fill out and save these forms. Older versions of Acrobat Reader may not enable you to save the forms to your computer.
All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice. For more information, please call 206-296-4600 (voice) or TTY Relay: 711 or toll-free, 800-325-6165. Mailing address: 401 5th Ave., Suite 1300, Seattle, WA 98104 or click here to email us. Because of confidentiality concerns, questions regarding client health issues cannot be responded to by e-mail. Please read the Notice of Privacy Practices. For more information, contact the Public Health Privacy Office at 206-263-8255.