Nap Mat Exchange Program

Why Are We Focusing Attention on Nap Mats?

It’s time to put toxic nap mats to bed! Studies have shown that by removing nap mats containing flame retardants from childcare centers, children’s exposure to hazardous chemicals that are linked to cancer, obesity, and nervous system harm are significantly reduced.

This is why we have focused our attention on removing these toxic nap mats from childcare centers in Vermont and replacing them with a quality, nontoxic mat. This small change supports a healthier learning environment for both the children and the teachers in these centers. It’s a small step with a huge impact. We hope to spread education and inspiration in our pursuit and push for other states to get rid of their toxic nap mats as well.

Toxic Flame Retardants in Nap Mats
New Study: Removing Flame Retardants from Nap Mats Reduces Kids’ Exposures in Childcares

Who is eligible to apply for nap mat replacements?

We will help early childhood programs serving newborns through age 5 to create safe and healthy indoor environments. Eligible applicants will be:

How Do I Apply?

We are so pleased this year to have received SO many applicants, and unfortunately have exhausted our funding pool for the 2019 grant cycle. We will start with any unfulfilled applications that were received in 2019 before accepting new applications for 2020. Please check back in May 2020 to apply.

What Nap Mat will I receive?

The nap mats we will supply are manufactured by Naturepedic.
Read more about their standards and qualifications.

More Information on Reducing Toxins from Child Care Centers:


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