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Pediatricians' Role in Early Education and Child Care

​​​With your trusting relationship with families and frequent contact during children's early years, you can make a difference by counseling families on how to find child care that is best for their child. With your respected role in the community, you also can help improve health and safety standards in child care by providing health consultation to community child care programs.

​The Impact of Pediatricians on Early Education and Child Care
This diagram illustrates how pediatricians can be involved and how their work impacts families, child care providers, child care health consultants, government agencies, and other health care professionals.

Depending on your interest and time available, below are suggestions on how pediatricians can be involved in children care on different levels.  The following information is based off the AAP manual "The Pediatrician's Role in Promoting Health and Safety in Child Care."

Level One: Providing Guidance to Families on Child Care Issues

There are opportunities for incorporating child care issue into individual clinical services that you provide the families you serve. Advice on finding high quality child care, providing timely health information forms, especially for children with special needs, and giving clear advice about return to care after illness can be very helpful to families.    These tips require very little extra time to implement. Further details are provided in the document ​ Providing Guidance on Quality Child Care to Families, Child Care Programs and Policymakers.  

Level Two: Providing Health Consultation to Child Care Programs

For pediatrician who are interested in providing communicate based services, you can establish an ongoing relationship with a child care program to promote health and safety. Learn more about being a health consultant in this document Providing Guidance on Quality Child Care to Families, Child Care Programs and Policymakers.

Review the Tips for Engaging in a Health Consultation Relationship for Early Education and Child Care Professionals and Pediatricians Who Want to Partner​​​.

​Level Three: Advocating for Quality Child Care

Promoting quality child care in your community and beyond is also needed through community outreach, education and advocacy.  Learn more about advocacy opportunities to promote health and safety in early education and child care in this document Providing Guidance on Quality Child Care to Families, Child Care Programs and Policymakers​.