ECO Healthy Centers

Healthy changes in early learning environments can immediately benefit the well-being of young children and create toxin-free early learning settings.  We work with early childhood education centers to educate and eradicate the use of toxic pesticides and cleaning products, encourage the installation of chemical-free furniture and carpets and toys, promote improved air and water quality and family education.

Child Care® program

Using the award-winning Eco-Healthy Child Care® program, WHE staff will meet with your team to identify low and no-cost best practices to immediately benefit the health and well-being of children and staff in your learning center. Upon successful completion of the program, your center will be designated as “Eco-Healthy.”
Eco-Healthy Child Care Program-min

Green Cleaning for Child Care Providers

Green cleaning refers to the use of cleaning products with a reduced impact on human health and the environment, often because they have been re-formulated to eliminate the most potentially toxic ingredients. Child care providers recognize the important role cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting can have in maintaining an attractive, safe, hygienic environment and reducing the spread of germs. But, it is important to know when cleaning is good enough and when sanitation or disinfection, which may involve harsher chemicals, is called for.

Given the growing set of state requirements promoting green cleaning in early learning environments and schools and increased availability of green cleaning products, it is important for child care providers to know how to identify and use green cleaning products.

Speakers Series with Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, the White House's Chief Environmental Justice Officer

Our program focuses on the crucial issue of environmental justice, particularly in the face of climate change. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.

During her talk, Dr. White-Newsome will shed light on the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution and climate change on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

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