For Parents + Caregivers

When you’re concerned about the health and safety of your child, you want to have information in one place to find the answers to your questions. This page serves as a gateway to assist families and caregivers with finding the answers to their environmental health concerns.

The resources below, some of which are from our Center and others from our partners, are targeted to Philadelphia regional parents and caregivers, including those in rural and suburban areas. They include tools to identify environmental health issues, prevent and remediate contaminants and provide information to families on what to do to protect your children.

Mother giving a child an inhaler.
PRCCEH Program

Chester Community Asthma Prevention Program

The CAPP program provides direct intervention for families to reduce childhood asthma in Chester, PA.

PRCCEH Program

Academy for Environmental Exposure Reduction

High school short-course on endocrine disrupting chemicals and researching health hazards.

PRCCEH Program

Hazard Assessments for Asbestos in Schools

Assessments of schools for asbestos hazards, health risks and education.

Tired child being observed by two doctors.
PRCCEH Program

Regional Consultations on Environmental Health

Consultations for clinicians caring for patients with lead poisoning and environmental health issues

Doctor using stethoscope while mother holds child.
PRCCEH Program

Prescriptions for Prevention Program

This program screens patients for environmental risks and automatically provides them and their healthcare providers with printed counseling materials.

Baby and mother meeting doctor.
External Resource

Philadelphia Community Asthma Prevention Program

The Philly CAPP program provides direct intervention for families to reduce childhood asthma in the city of Philadelphia.

Doctor with stethoscope observing baby with mother nearby.
External Resource

Philadelphia Lead and Healthy Homes Program

If your child’s blood lead level is at or above 3.5 µg/dL, LHHP will send out a licensed lead inspector to test your home for lead and a health educator.

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Utility Assistance Resource Guide

Make sure your heating and cooling systems are in good condition before extreme weather events occur. Use this guide to find programs that may be…

City rowhomes.
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Delaware County: Get the Lead Out of your Home

Children First created several resources with information on free programs operating in Delaware County that will help families get the lead out of their homes and apartments.

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EPA’s Guide to Air Purifiers at Home

The most effective ways to improve your indoor air are to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air….

Vial with blood sitting on research paperwork.
External Resource

Free Blood Lead Testing for Philadelphia Children

Your child should be tested for lead at their 1 and 2 year old well child visit. Older children should be tested if you are concerned about a lead exposure.

Play time in the city
PRCCEH Program

Curriculum for Grades 5-8 : A Journey Through Water’s Path and Its Challenges

Middle school curriculum on the water cycle, flooding, Philadelphia specific water issues, and climate change.

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Living Safely with Lead Guide

An easy to read and share guide to lead, including where lead is typically found and the common risks.

Child drinking cup of water by a window.
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Free Well Water Testing

In general, private well owners in PA are eligible for free, limited water testing through Penn State Extension’s Drinking Water Program, funded by the CDC Environmental Health Capacity Program.

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Basement Backup Protection Program

Providing free plumbing upgrades to homeowners who experience water backing up through basement fixtures during wet weather.

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Brochure on Beating the Heat in Philadelphia

This brochure includes information on signs of heat related illness and ways to stay cool in Philadelphia.

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Sign up for Ready Philadelphia Alerts

To receive text alerts to your phone on emergencies or severe weather, simply text ReadyPhila to 888-777.

Temperature reading
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Staying Safe During Extreme Heat Events in Philadelphia

Visit Philadelphia’s Extreme Heat Guide to view the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and ways to stay safe.

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Heater Hotline Repair

Income eligible households are able to receive free emergency repairs to their heater.

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Plant a Free Tree in Your Neighborhood

Request a free tree by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society! They will remove sidewalk if needed.

Free Lead Hazard Control Program 2
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Free Lead Remediation Program for Delaware County

The Lead Hazard Control Program is designed to remove lead-based paint hazards from the homes of low-income families with children under the age of 6.

Clean water being poured in a glass.
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Free Philadelphia Water Quality Testing

If you are concerned about lead in your water, the Philadelphia Water Department will conduct free water quality tests.

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Home Emergency Kit Checklist

In case of an emergency, use this checklist to help prepare your Go-Bag.

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Family Emergency Plan

Fill out this plan to have information ready at your fingertips in case of an emergency in your area.

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