Safety, Nutrition, and Health Guide

In Early Childhood Education

Safe Toys For Your Child!

Chutes and Ladders ($6.99) by Hasbro

Ages 3-5 years

Large game pieces- limited

FurReal Friends Get Up and Go Go My Walkin' Pup Pet ($39.98) by Hasbro

Ages 4-6

Single piece toy, no hazard.

Graco Room Full of Fun Baby Doll Playset ($34.99) by Tolly Tots

Ages 3-7 years

Fairly large pieces, non detachables

Pirate Adventure Jigsaw 48 pc Wooden Puzzle ($6.99)

Ages 4 years

Large pieces, wooden

Color a Gaint Play House ($38.99) -Alex Toy Craft

Ages 4

Large, nontoxic markers

LeapPad Ultra ($109.99)-LeapFrog

Ages 4-7

No detachable, sturdy if dropped

Frontier Log 75 pc Wooden Classic Construction Set ($20.79)

Ages 4. Large pieces

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batmobile with Lights

($20.00) Ages:4, 2 pieces no chokables.

Water Safety Tips

  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of waterincluding ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.

Get Some Exercise with the Kids

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 Servings
Serving size: 4 or 5 wedges

You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 small)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place it flat side down on a cutting board. Cut the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place the potatoes on a roasting pan and brush with the oil mixture. Lay the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and put the pan in the oven.
  3. Cook until potatoes, turning once, until soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and season with remaining1/2 teaspoon salt. Let the wedges cool for a bit, and serve warm.

For dunking, ketchup always works (at 15 calories per tablespoon) or try a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a British chips-and-vinegar effect.

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories 171, Carbs 30g, Fiber 5g, Protein 2g, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g

Tortilla Pizza

What you need:

  • Small corn tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Mound a little salsa and cheese on each tortilla. Cook on foil-lined tray in toaster oven until cheese has melted and is brown at the edges.

Kids can help: Assemble the "pizzas," cover the tray with foil
Extras: A layer of refried beans under the salsa, cilantro for garnish, a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of finely chopped green pepper

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Makes: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 muffin

You'll Need:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 navel orange, cut into eighths
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a standard-size 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Put the orange wedges, orange juice, egg and oil into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; pour the orange mixture into it and stir to make a thick batter. Stir in the cranberries.
  4. Divide the mixture among the muffin tins, filling the tins about 3/4 full, and bake until the muffins are golden and push back when gently pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a rack and enjoy warm or toasted.

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories 175, Carbs 31g, Fiber 1g, Protein 2g, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 0g

Carrots and Peanut Dipping Sauce

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A few drops of sesame oil
  • Water to smooth
  • Carrot sticks

Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).

Kids can help: Scrape carrots, stir ingredients
Extras: Torn up cilantro, basil, a squeeze of lime juice or sliced green onion tops. Try apple slices instead of carrots
Bonus tip: Store carrot sticks in water to keep them crisp and juicy

Homemade Potato Chips

What You Need:

  • One Russet potato sliced paper thin
  • Salt (optional)
  • Parchment paper

Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit a plate. Lay discs of potato on top in a flat layer, none touching. Sprinkle layer with salt, if desired. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Microwave for 5-6 minutes. Discs will have become lightly browned potato chips.

Kids can help: Cut paper to shape, lay out slices of potato
Extras:Season with some salt, paprika, garlic or onion powder

Free Immunizations at Roosevelt Clinic

MCDPH operates three childhood immunization clinics for children ages 0 years up to their 19th birthday. Immunizations are provided free of charge. Vaccines are also available for uninsured or underinsured adults at our clinics. Please call the clinic ahead of time to check on vaccine availability. Vaccines for foreign travel are not available at the clinics

Reporting Requirements for Communicable Diseases in Arizona

Most diseases need to be reported within 5 days, preferably 24 hours to the local health agency or online at MEDSIS’s page. Reports require: he patient's name, telephone number, complete street address, date of birth, race, sex, ethnicity, date of onset, diagnosis, date of diagnosis, laboratory results and date, name of reporter, and the reporter's telephone number and complete address

Three agencies in Arizona that support families of children with disabilities

Ability360 Residential Modifications

(602) 256-2245

5025 E Washington St Ste 200
Phoenix, AZ 85034-7439

Raising Special Kids

(602) 242-4366

5025 E Washington St. Ste 204
Phoenix, AZ 85034-2005

Arc of Tempe

(480) 966-8536

501 E Broadway Rd

Tempe, AZ 85282-1406

Arizona Child Abuse Hotline and Reporting Requiements

1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)

· Any physician, physician's assistant, optometrist, dentist, osteopath, chiropractor, podiatrist, behavioral health professional, nurse, psychologist, counselor or social worker who develops the reasonable belief in the course of treating a patient.

· Any peace officer, member of the clergy, priest or Christian Science practitioner.

· The parent, stepparent or guardian of the minor.

· School personnel or domestic violence victim advocates who develop the reasonable belief in the course of their employment.

· Any other person who has responsibility for the care or treatment of the minor.

A person making a report or providing information about a child is immune from civil or criminal liability unless such person has been charged with, or is suspected of, the abuse or neglect in question.

Provide the following:

  • name, age, and gender of child and other family members
  • address, phone numbers, and/or directions to child's home
  • parents' place of employment
  • description of suspected abuse or neglect
  • current condition of the child