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Childhood Lead Prevention Program: Child Care Provider Information

If your child care operation is in a building or home that was built before 1979, it is likely to contain lead-based paint. If the paint in these buildings becomes damaged or disturbed, lead dust is released and remains on surfaces that children touch. Children exposed to lead dust can be harmed. This is because lead exposure can affect a child's brain and nervous system and contribute to problems in learning and behavior.

  1. What are lead hazards?

    • Distribute this flyer showing common source of lead exposure to the parents of children in your care: Lead is a Poison (English & Chinese), also available in English & Spanish (pdf)

    • You can post or distribute this Health Hazard Advisory (pdf) connecting parents to the Childhood Lead Prevention Program for assessment of their own homes.


  2. What can child care providers do to prevent lead exposure?

    • For all sites, please contact the Childhood Lead Prevention Program for a free lead hazard assessment at 415-252-3956.

    • For home-based Family Child Care sites, the Mayor's Office of Housing has grants to remediate lead hazards.

    • Please contact the Childhood Lead Prevention Program for a lead prevention presentation for staff or parents.