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The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Training Course is a cooperative undertaking of the NC Division of Public Health and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
The course prepares health professionals to acquire the skills of child care health consultation and coaching. Child care health consultants (CCHCs) work with early care and education (child care) facilities in promoting healthy and safe environments. CCHCs provide comprehensive site assessments, technical assistance, training, consultation, coaching, and child advocacy.

The Child Care Health Consultant Training Course prepares health professionals to fulfill their role as child care health consultants (CCHCs). The course provides CCHCs the information, resources, and hands-on experiences that will inform their practice. This course runs approximately fourteen weeks and includes weekly readings and videos, a content-related quiz, self-directed assignments, and an online group discussion.

Course Outline At-A-Glance

  • Virtual orientation: the role of the child care health consultant (cchc)
  • Lesson 1: quality child care and regulations
  • Lesson 2: children with special health care needs and community/professional supports
  • Lesson 3: health education/health literacy
  • Lesson 4: consultation and coaching
  • Lesson 5: health, safety, and wellness practices and policy development/implementation
  • Lesson 6: Child Care and Development Fund Health and Safety Training topics week 1
  • Lesson 7: Child Care and Development Fund Health and Safety Training topics week 2
  • Lesson 8: other subject matter areas

In-person session

  • Preparing for the in-person session
  • In-person day 1: ITERS/ECERS and Administration of Medication
  • In-person day 2: Classroom observation and training demonstration

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Health professionals with experience and interest in early childhood health and safety. Course participants typically include those who are funded by local health agencies, local Partnerships for Children (Smart Start), Head Start/Early Head Start, and the Military to provide CCHC services.

Acceptance into the course is based on:

  • job responsibilities,
  • the ability to provide consultation to early care and education (child care) facilities, and
  • documented education and experience, which can be either
    • a degree in nursing (ASN or BSN) with experience in public health or pediatric nursing and licensure as a registered nurse (RN), or
    • a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in health education, or health related field with experience in health education. Examples of health related fields include: nutrition and physical activity, oral health, community or public health. Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation is preferred for health education practitioners.

Contact the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center for information about applying for the course or call 1-800-367-2229 for information.

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