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IDEM Environmental Health > Five Star Environmental Recognition for Child Care Facilities Five Star Environmental Recognition for Child Care Facilities

Parents and child care providers in Indiana can now have peace of mind that Hoosier children can attend an environmentally healthy child care; one that promotes healthy development in young children free from pesticides, harmful chemicals, lead paint hazards, radon, and other often invisible environmental health threats.

The Five Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities ensures child care providers have taken steps to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long term developmental problems in young children.

Child care facilities (licensed homes and centers and registered ministries) can apply by completing the application (available on the IDEM Forms page) and self assessment [PDF]. The program is completely voluntary and each facility chooses the number of stars they’d like to apply for (3, 4, or 5).

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants every facility to be successful. Applicants receive a lead risk assessment, radon test, on-site confidential assistance, and no idling signs for no charge. Members receive a plaque, window clings, use of the Five Star Logo, press release, and mention on the website.

For more information, call (800) 451-6027.

Five Star Program Criteria

See the application for a current and complete list of requirements (application available on the IDEM Forms page).

To achieve three stars, the facility should:

  • Complete the self assessment;
  • Have a satisfactory or better compliance history in CareFinder;
  • Ensure the building is clean and well maintained;
  • Implement a lead poisoning prevention policy and training for employees;
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm;
  • Perform a radon test;
  • Flush cold water pipes 30 seconds daily before first use; and,
  • Never store pesticides at the facility.

To achieve four stars, the facility should:

  • Meet all three-star requirements;
  • Implement a written pet policy prohibiting pets with fur or feathers in classrooms where children with asthma or allergies are present; and,
  • Choose four additional criteria from the Five Star menu on the application.

To achieve five stars, the facility should:

  • Meet all three-star requirements;
  • Check for lead hazards in water, soil, dust, and paint chips;
  • Implement a written integrated pest management policy;
  • Implement a 100% tobacco-free facility and grounds;
  • Discourage idling vehicles near entrances/exits;
  • Prohibit the use of air fresheners;
  • Remove pets with fur or feathers;
  • Provide asthma training to teachers;
  • Contact the county emergency management agency to share its Emergency Action Plan;
  • Recycle; and,
  • Choose five additional criteria from the Five Star menu on the application.

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