Welcome to the Louisiana Department of Health's (LDH) Revised Child Care Siting Survey

The Louisiana Department of Health’s Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (SEET) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Program. The purpose of this program is to protect all Early Childhood Education Centers occupants from harmful chemicals.   

The Problem

Even if the centers meet the state licensing regulations, they can open in areas where the occupants may be exposed harmful chemicals. As a result, a new center may open in an industrial building that was never cleaned, or next door to a business using harmful chemicals. This can put staff and children at risk, which may result in them developing health problems.  Ensuring that centers are located in facilities that are safe if key to protecting the health of all occupants.

Our Goal
To collaborate with state agencies and partners to reduce exposures to harmful chemicals (i.e. arsenic, lead, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds) among the child care students, staff and other occupants by developing equitable interventions. SEET has developed a questionnaire for childcare providers to use when considering a location for their facility. This is not an exhaustive questionnaire. It should serve as a starting point when selecting a location. Once the questionnaires are completed, then they will sent to SEET to review. After reviewing your responses, SEET staff may contact you to provide you with additional guidance.

Thank you for completing our questionnaire!