Nap Mat Exchange Program

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

This is why we have focused our attention on removing these toxic nap mats from childcare centers in Vermont and replacing them with a nontoxic mat. This small change can provide a healthier learning environment for both the children and the teachers in these centers.

Who is eligible to apply to Toxin Free Kids?

Our program is under development and will resume with updated criteria in Spring 2019, please return for new information then!

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

Where are the toxins?

Surprisingly, much of our furniture, floor coverings – and even toys – contain chemicals that are toxic. While toxins are not good for anyone, they especially pose a risk for the youngest children whose bodies are still growing. We want to support child care programs in replacing toxic furnishings and equipment with healthy alternatives.

Toxins in Child Care Programs:

Lead:

Get inspired!

Check out these links to envision what your eco-healthy childcare program could look like!

What does Toxin Free Kids support?

We will support projects that create a safe and healthy indoor environment in the areas where children spend their time. Eligible projects will be:
Projects may be either:

This funding may not be used for consumable purchases; that is, anything that is used up and purchased again regularly (such as cleaning products, food, and art supplies).

Our program is under development and will resume with updated criteria in Spring 2019, please return for new information then!

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King Street Center
Linking Learning to Life Inc
Local Motion
Lund
Intervale Center
Sara Holbrook Community Center
Resource
Audubon VT
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta
Common Roots
Farm & Wilderness Foundation
Intervale Center
Spectrum Inc
Sustainability Academy
Vermont Food Bank
Northwoods Stewardship Center
COTS
Inspiring Kids
Green Mountain Audubon Center
King Street Center
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Vermont Works for Women