Children and Summer Safety
With summer approaching, your children are probably looking forward to the end of the school year, and the start of their summer vacations. For children, summer often means more free time for outdoor sports, games and playing with friends. While many people associate ailments like sunburns, scraped knees and mosquito bites with children and summer vacation, there are other less obvious hazards to children whether at home, at school, or out in their communities. Environmental hazards pose a special threat to children. Because children are constantly growing, they consume more food, air, and water in proportion to their weight than adults. As a result, exposure to environmental risks, such as pollution and lead, can be more damaging for them. With school vacations right around the corner, is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to help keep your children safer this summer.

  • Child Care Resource and Referral Services
    Local Child Care Resource and Referral Organizations help parents locate and choose quality child care by providing referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other information. For more information visit

  • Child Care and Development Fund
    The Child Care and Development Fund provides assistance to low-income families who need child care due to work, work-related training and/or attend school. For more information visit

  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Projects
    The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Projects fund state and local health departments to: 1. Determine the extent of childhood lead poisoning, 2. Screen children for elevated blood lead levels, 3. Help ensure that lead-poisoned infants and children receive medical and environmental follow-up, 4. Develop neighborhood-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning. For more information visit

  • Poison Control Emergency Services Cooperative Agreement
    The Health Resources and Service Administration's (HRSA) Poison Control Program, a program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides supplemental funding to PCCs (Poison Control Centers) across the United States, promotes universal access to PCC services, and encourages the enhancement and improvement of poison education, prevention, and treatment. For more information visit