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[IDEM] State praises child care facilities for extraordinary environmental stewardship
Start Date: 1/22/2014 All Day
End Date: 1/22/2014
Entry Description

Five renew, one joins Five Star program

Six child care facilities are receiving recognition for extraordinary steps to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for the children in their care. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Five Star Recognition Program this month is celebrating the addition of a new member and the renewal of five facilities at the highest level of five stars.  
Young children are more vulnerable than adults to the ill effects of environmental contaminants. Five Star participants go above and beyond requirements of law to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long-term developmental problems. Examples include testing drinking water for lead, preventing cars from idling near sidewalks and entrances, and pledging not to store harmful chemicals near children.
“The Five Star program helps give parents and child care facilities peace of mind that children are attending an environmentally healthy facility year around,” said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. More than 5,500 Hoosier children attend Five Star child care facilities that offer the extra measures of protection provided by the program. 

Participants in the IDEM Five Star program earn one, three or five stars based on the measures they implement to manage environmental health issues and reduce children’s exposure to mercury, lead hazards, mold, asbestos, radon, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and PCBs. 

Joining the Five Star program is:  

• Family Development Services, Inc., Hamilton County Head Start, Hamilton County (3 stars) 

Renewing in the Five Star program are: 

Benton County Head Start, Benton County (5 stars)
• Discovery Child Development Center, Johnson County (5 stars - increase from 3 stars)
• Monroe County United Ministries, Monroe County (5 stars)
• Teen Parent Early Learning Center, Noble County (5 stars)
• East Bank Learning Center, St. Joe County (5 stars) 

Applicants to the Five Star program receive a free lead risk assessment, radon test, on-site confidential assistance, and no-idling signs. Many Five Star members have started recycling programs, developed formal written plans for chemical management, reduced energy usage, and implemented no-idling zones. Membership in the program is reevaluated every three years.

For more information about the Five Star program, including a list of participating facilities, visit IDEM’s website at For membership information, child care facilities can contact Karen Teliha, IDEM’s Community and Environmental Health Coordinator, at (800) 988-7901.  

About IDEM
IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and the environment.


Contact Information:
Name: Amy Smith
Phone: (317) 233-4927
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    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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