Through a joint effort of the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), Enterprise Community Partners (formerly The Enterprise Foundation), and four community-based organizations, the Home-Based Child Care Lead Safety Program was developed in an effort to model a more healthy and safe environment for children in child care homes. Many home-based child care businesses have been unable to address on their own the hazards of lead-based paint in the homes along with other safety-related issues. With healthy and green housing now getting greater attention when looking to the use of older buildings, which can often have lead and safety issues, the accomplishments of this pilot program in addressing these issues is very relevant. This article was developed out of the pilot program, and provides a clear and simple approach for all home-based child care providers wishing to address lead safety in their homes.
A full how-to manual from the demonstration project, A Guide to Implementing a Home-Based Child Care Lead Safety Program, is available in separate links to the six chapters as well as a link to download the entire 180-page document. These documents are in PDF format and can be found at http://www.centerforhealthyhousing.org/html/leap.html.