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LeadCare Illinois provides free lead in water testing and education, empowering child care providers to address water safety at their facilities.

Why Test Drinking Water at Child Care Facilities?

While lead exposure has health implications for all people, the effects are especially concerning among infants and children under age six. We know that children spend a lot of time at child care facilities and likely drink tap water and eat food prepared with water in these homes or buildings. Testing your water for lead will help you identify potential lead sources and take appropriate action to protect the children in your facility.

Lead in Water Testing, Training, and Support

LeadCare Illinois provides licensed child care providers with training about the dangers of lead, how to conduct lead in water testing, and what to do if lead is present in their facility’s drinking water. After completing training, child care providers can register to receive a free lead in water test kit in the mail to collect water samples and send to the IEPA lab for analysis. Lead in water testing through LeadCare Illinois is free for all licensed child care providers in Illinois.

If lead is present, we help child care facilities develop a mitigation plan that will help minimize or eliminate the lead in their water. To equitably service Illinois child care facilities, all LeadCare Illinois services are available in both Spanish and English.

Elevate administers LeadCare Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and Illinois Action for Children. Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Get Started

Visit LeadCareIllinois.org to learn more, or get started now by calling us at 312-300-7074 to register your child care facility for free training, testing, and support!
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