An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

Resources for Parents about Siting Child Care Facilities


Young children are at greater risk than adults from exposure to environmental contaminants.  However, most child care centers are not required to conduct an environmental site assessment prior to obtaining a license.  Such assessments could help prevent child care centers from operating on sites that could expose children to harmful pollution from neighboring industrial facilities or contamination from past industrial use.  This section of the website provides resources to help you identify sources of pollution near your facility.


  • Children's Environmental Health Network - Eco-Healthy Child Care: Built Environment
  • Child Care Aware of America - Safe Siting of Child Care Facilities