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The Health and Risk Assessment Program (HRAP) within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) has created a program focused on helping prospective owners and operators choose locations for child care facilities that are safe from potential environmental hazards.

Because many children spend a majority of their time during the week in a child care center, it is important to be proactive about keeping these environments safe from harmful substances. Children are more sensitive to toxic chemicals than adults and being exposed to hazardous contaminants can have lifelong health effects.

As you are deciding on the future location for your child care center, the Missouri HRAP team is available to assist you in determining whether the future property or well water has environmental contaminants of concern. Participation in the program is voluntary and our services are free.

Get started:

  1. Begin by filling out the short property questionnaire here.
  2. Submit the form electronically or print it and send by mail to the address listed at the bottom of the form.
  3. Our team will review your responses, evaluate data, and provide you a report with our findings and make recommendations for your property.

We work with professionals from the environmental health sciences, child care licensing, and early care and education to help prevent childhood exposure to harmful chemicals and contaminants. Identifying and addressing potential environmental site hazards, especially before a child care program is licensed, can prevent and reduce harmful exposures to the children in your care and help ensure the environment where they grow, learn, and play is safe.

Four Key Elements to Consider Before Choosing a Location for a New Child Care Facility

Disclaimer: Note that while participation in this program is voluntary and receiving guidance is free, should our team recommend actions be taken based on the possible presence of environmental hazards, MDHSS is not responsible for any cost incurred to address these issues.

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This program was developed in partnership with the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry as part of a national initiative.