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Beware of Recalled Items

Every year there are many children's products that are recalled by the U.S. government because they are unsafe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with issuing these recalls. In August, the news media reported the results of a survey which found a particular infant sleeper that had been recalled in April 2019 was still being used in 1 of 10 child care facilities. At least 30 infants had died using this product. 

The Washington State child care licensing regulations state in WAC 110-300-0150-1h that "early learning materials must be removed from the early learning program space once an item has been recalled by CPSC." In order to comply with this regulation, child care providers need to keep themselves informed about recalls of child-related products. 

Product recalls can be found on the CPSC website. You can search for particular types of products, the type of hazard, or a date range by clicking the light bulb icon to the right of the search bar. You can also view child-related recalls on the Safe Kids Worldwide website or sign up on that website to receive bimonthly child-related product recalls. 

Stores are required to remove recalled items from their shelves, but there are many recalled products still lurking at second-hand stores, garage sales, or maybe even your own home. Spend some time looking through lists of recalled items to make sure that the children in your care are safe. 

CCHOP Public Health Nurse

A Message from the Child Care Health Outreach Program Nurse

Dear Child Care Providers and Colleagues,
I have transitioned to a new role within the health district and am now working with the Communicable Disease program. It’s hard to leave the amazing team I work with, but I am also excited to pursue a career opportunity that more closely aligns with my interests in infectious disease work.
I will remain employed by the health district and continue to support consultations with the program until my old position can be filled and a replacement trained. If you know of a registered nurse who is interested in working with a great team in child care health, please let that individual know that we will have an opening! The job will likely be posted in September.
It has been a great pleasure to work with all of you and see the meaningful and important work you do.  Thank you for sharing your time with me.
Bonnie Decker, MPH, BSN, RN
Public Health Nurse

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Back to School . . . 
Update your Forms!

September is a good time to have parents update their child's health information. Enrollment and health records must be updated at least annually. Make sure that you have the necessary paperwork for each child, including:

  • Enrollment records which include the child's birth date, family contact information, and pickup authorization
  • Health history forms which include a child's health care and dental provider, date of last physical, and consent for medical care
  • Individual care plans for children with special health care needs 
  • Medication authorization forms
  • Immunization records
  • Permission slips for field trips, transportation, water activities, visiting health professionals, photos, etc.
Medication forms and individual care plans for certain health conditions can be found on the Snohomish Health District website.
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This Month's Featured Classes

Two different in-person classes are being featured this month. Please see the information below for registration information.
Garden Tools

Gardening in Child Care and Early Learning
FREE IN PERSON Training, 2 STARS Credits

We are excited to offer a unique Gardening in Child Care and Early Learning STARS training. This is a collaboration among WSU Extension Services, The ECEAP Program of Snohomish County and SHD CCHOP. This training will be offered as a 2 part series:  Fall, Oct. 2019 and Spring, March 2020.The training content and focus will be different.

Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 5, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Registration is only for the October Training session.)
Location: Everett Community College Early Learning Center, 820 Waverly Ave. Everett, WA 98201
Registration: SHD Child Care Health Outreach Program, Child Care Health and Safety Classes
Questions? Katy Levenhagen, CCHOP,, (425) 252-5407

Join us for the Fall training where we will explore the benefits of gardening with children and outline the many skills that children can learn.  Instructors will include Farm to Preschool specialists from WSU Extension and will focus on the garden space, design and planning. Participants will learn how to assess their outdoor area and determine a suitable area or type of container depending on light, soil and ability for children to easily access the growing foods.  Enjoy a tour of the children’s garden space at the Early Learning Center, see different types of container gardens and experience the essential elements necessary for growing foods safely with children.

Register soon…space is limited and we expect this training to fill up quickly. All participants will be invited to plant a container to go!
Invest in your health

Taking Care of You: Wellness for Child Care Providers

FREE IN PERSON Training, 3 STARS Credits

Do you want to learn skills and strategies to manage your health and wellness? Are you interested in making lifestyle changes to give you more energy while taking care of children in your care?  Come join us for a morning full of inspiring information and practical strategies to help guide your pathway to wellness. Instructors have a wide range of expertise and include , a Mindfulness/Yoga Instructor, Exercise Professional and Wellness Educator and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Sponsored by: Snohomish Health District, Verdant Health and Sound Nutrition

Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Verdant Health, 4710 196th St. S.W. Lynnwood, WA 98036
Registration: Through Eventbrite:
Registration Questions:
Sue Walden, ,(425) 582-9412 

Questions about the class or STARS? Katy Levenhagen,, (425) 252-5407

When so many others are depending on you, it is easy to forget about your own health and wellness. Every day you care whole-heartedly for the physical, emotional and developmental needs of children. But are you doing the same for yourself? 
This 3 hour session will focus on important wellness topics including getting enough sleep, eating for your immune system, joyful movement for health & fitness and mindful practices to reduce stress and improve energy levels. 

Register Soon. Space is limited to 45 participants. All participants will receive an exercise band to take home and use!

3 STARS credits from the Health and Safety category will be given through Snohomish Health District, Child Care Health Outreach Program.  Names of participants will be automatically added to the CCHOP online class system so you have a record of this class in your TALENT account.


Contact Information

Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Ste. 104, Everett, WA  98201

Program Phone:  425.252.5415


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The Child Care Health Outreach Program staff are available to consult with you on these and other health, safety, and nutrition topics by phone, by email, or at your child care. 

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