Healthy Childcare® is a bimonthly publication devoted to health and safety needs in the childcare setting. With a circulation of more than 25,000, Healthy Childcare® (launched in December of 1997) is the only publication in the early childhood arena dedicated to health and safety in the early care and education setting. Each issue of Healthy Childcare® includes five articles which address health and safety issues:
Each issue also includes health education activities for the young child, reproducible mini-posters and parent information sheets, and information from other organizations dedicated to the health and safety of children.
Healthy Childcare® readers are child caregivers and teachers in a variety of settings--large and small; center-based, group care, and family home; mother's day out; after school care; etc. While we do have parents who read Healthy Childcare®, they are not our primary audience.
Healthy Childcare®, does accept unsolicited manuscripts; however, manuscripts must follow the guidelines stated below. Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines, including formatting and cover letter, will be returned to the author. Examples of articles can be seen on our website, in the library of articles. Please take the time to review articles to see how they are structured and the types of articles we include. As our publication has evolved, you may note differences in the writing style. Please review the more recent articles (those published in the past two years) as examples of writing style.
Our readers look to Healthy Childcare® as a health and safety resource and thus, our authors must have appropriate professional experience. Authors must be employed and/or credentialed in an area of childcare health and safety. We are looking for health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators and childcare health consultants, registered dietitians, licensed pharmacists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, etc., who are familiar with the needs and interests of childcare providers. We also consider early childhood educators and childcare providers who have special interest and knowledge in areas of health and safety. Submissions from free lance writers who do not have appropriate backgrounds will not be considered.
Authors may suggest topics for publication. Please take the time to review previous topics and do not submit manuscripts that duplicate these topics. A complete list of topics covered in previous articles can be seen on our web site, in the library of articles. Manuscripts must be directly related to a specific health and safety issue in the childcare setting. We do not cover general child development or administrative issues. It is best to send a query letter to Dr. Charlotte Hendricks, Editor, to determine if your topic fits our publication.
Healthy Childcare® is a hands-on, how-to-implement publication. Manuscript text must be clear and concise and written at a 4th-6th grade reading level. Each manuscript should include the following components (although these specific headings are not necessary):
We do NOT endorse or promote specific products or agencies, or accept advertising, so resources are generally limited to professional organizations or associations.
It is important that our reviewers be able to check specific information for accuracy. If you have attributed a fact or a position to an agency, or have included statistics in your text, please provide us with the reference you used for this so that we can verify that this is factual. For example, if you state the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on immunizations, provide us with the AAP source (i.e., specific website) you used.
One way to let us know a reference is to insert a comment for that text (follow MS Word instructions for inserting comments.)
Length and Formatting
Manuscripts are between 1,000-1,200 words; this is about two pages, single spaced throughout. Indent the first line of each paragraph; do NOT add spaces between paragraphs. The manuscript should be two, single-spaced pages. Resources and references are in addition to these two pages.
DO NOT include: