Sample Site Assessment Checklist

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This checklist is not exhaustive. It is meant to be a starting point and should be adapted to meet the individual needs of each facility.
Room security

  1. Room access is secured so children cannot enter or leave without supervision.
  2. Staircases are blocked with childproof gates to prevent falls.
  3. Staff have a clear view of the entire room, with no blind spots where a child could be out of sight.
  4. Rooms may be monitored via windows to the room that offer a clear view of the entire room.

Play area

  1. Play area is clean.
  2. Clutter free.
  3. Games and toys are vetted for choking hazards in areas that young children access.
  4. All toys and other items are in good condition, with no peeling paint, cracks, loose parts, sharp edges, or other hazards.
  5. Toys are sanitized daily.

Infant area

  1. Infant sleeping furniture is SIDS-proof. They are free of pillows, stuffed animals, bumpers, loose blankets or anything else that could obstruct an airway.
  2. Infant furniture is cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  3. The diapering area has clear line of sight to the entire room.


  1. Bathrooms are in good working order.
  2. Toddler size toilets are used for younger children.
  3. Toilet stalls offer privacy to the children using them.

Furnishings and fixtures

  1. All furniture, equipment, and décor are clean and well-maintained, with no peeling paint or loose parts.
  2. All furniture and fixtures are sturdy and secured to the wall or floor, so they do not present a tipping hazard.
  3. Rugs are non-skid, either taped to the floor with double-sided tape or placed on top of a non-skid mat.
  4. Any hot surfaces, like a stovetop, are out of the reach of a child.
  5. Electrical outlets are covered with safety caps when not in use.

Safety equipment

  1. First-aid kits are readily available to all areas where youth are present. Kits are frequently checked for missing items. Kits contain bandages/gauze, thermometer, tweezers, and alcohol wipes.
  2. Check the center for recalled products and replace them when discovered.
  3. Keep fire safety equipment on hand and have it tested/maintained on a regular basis. Test smoke detectors monthly.
  4. An evacuation plan is in place and posted in every room.

Outdoor areas

  1. All outdoor areas offer a clear line of sight to all children, with no blind spots.
  2. Outdoor areas are securely fenced to prevent outside access.
  3. Fences are not climbable.
  4. The play area has enough space for children to play without colliding with anything.
  5. Outside areas are free of trash, yard debris and animal waste.

Play equipment

  1. Play equipment is in good working order with no loose screws, sharp edges or other hazards.
  2. Equipment is securely attached to the ground to ensure it’s sturdy and can support the weight of the children.
  3. Metal equipment, like slides, are in shady area to burns on sunny days.
  4. Elevated platforms have secure guard rails to prevent falls.

Michelle Markgraf, Freedom for the Captives

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