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Good Health Handbook

On behalf of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Child and Adolescent Health Division, Maternal and Child Health Service is pleased to provide you with the most recent version (2015) of the Good Health Handbook (GHHB). This handbook will support parents and other caregivers in understanding, practicing, and teaching children the value of positive health behaviors.

The handbook will be a valuable tool in the effort of improved health in child care programs; including reduction in the spread of disease, improved nutrition and physical fitness, and increased awareness of health and safety issues among child care providers and parents.

The GHHB is presented below in parts for ease in downloading and/or printing. Missing page numbers are blank pages in the printed handbook. If you would like to view the entire handbook at once, click HERE.  Please note this is a large file (12.8MB) with over 500 pages and it may take some time to open depending on your connection speed and type.    

We appreciate your input on the revised GHHB and hope that you will take the time to fill out the survey located at the end of the handbook. 

Cover Page, Title Page, & Table of Contents


Introduction & Common Myths


Chapter 1

The Successful Caregiver 

♦Cover Page ♦Code of Ethical Conduct ♦Cultural Considerations & Valuing Diversity ♦Professional Development in Child Care ♦Values & Ideals ♦Taking Care of Yourself ♦Working With & Including Families

Chapter 2

Healthy Living & Health Promotion

♦Cover Page ♦Environmental Health ♦Immunization Information ♦Nutrition for Young Children ♦Oral Health ♦Physical Fitness ♦Social Emotional Health

Chapter 3 Policies & Procedures

♦Cover Page ♦Establishing Policies ♦Privacy & Confidentiality ♦Sample Policies & Procedures
Chapter 4  Child Development & Guiding Children's Behavior

♦Cover Page ♦Biting ♦Bullying Awareness & Prevention ♦Child Development & Milestones ♦Children & Stress ♦Communication ♦Infant Crying ♦Positive Guidance & Setting Limits ♦Supporting Children & Families in the Military ♦Toilet Learning in Child Care ♦Understanding Early Childhood Sexual Development
Chapter 5  Injury Prevention & Infection Control

♦Cover Page ♦Childhood Injury Prevention ♦Infection Control ♦Bleach Solution Table
Chapter 6  Guidelines for Childhood Injuries

♦Cover Page ♦GHHB Emergency Guidelines Explanation ♦New Emergency Guidelines ♦Emergency Phone Numbers Form
Chapter 7  Managing Illnesses & Infestations

♦Cover Page ♦Daily Health Check ♦Exclusions, Caring for Sick Children, Med Administration ♦Bedbugs - Diphtheria, 233-250 ♦Ear Infection - Flu, 251-264 ♦Giardia - Herpes, 265-286 ♦Human Pap - Pneumonia, 287-303 ♦RSV - Shigella, 305-322 ♦Shingles - UTI, 323-335 ♦Vomit - Whooping cough, 337-342
Chapter 8 Managing Chronic Conditions & Special Needs

♦Cover Page ♦Intro, ADA, & Benefits to Inclusion ♦Allergies - Food Allergies, 349-352 ♦Anemia - Autism, 353-360 ♦Diabetes ♦Diabetes Developmental Issues & Eczema ♦Hearing Loss - Juvenile Rheum. Arthritis, 369-373 ♦Seizures - Visual Impairment, 375-380 ♦Special Needs Cert. & Training
Chapter 9  Child Abuse

♦Cover Page ♦Child Abuse, The Law, Reporting, & Types, 385-393 ♦Caring for Children - Child Abuse Prev., 395-399


Appendices Cover Page
Sample Forms

References & Index


If you have any questions regarding the Good Health Handbook, please contact the Early Childhood Coordinator.

Contact Information:
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
Child and Adolescent Health Division
1000 Northeast Tenth Street, Rm. 903
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
Phone: (405) 271-4471
e-mail: Peggy C. Byerly, M.S.


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is an equal opportunity employer, and provider. This publication was authorized by Terry L. Cline, PhD, Commissioner of Health, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake in accordance with state and federal regulations.  Copies have not been printed but are available for download at or An electronic copy has been deposited with the Publications Clearinghouse of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. July 2016

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