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Mission:
The NC Resource Center’s mission is to promote healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments in early care and education settings through child care health consultation. 

The NC Resource Center provides:

  • Health and safety training and technical assistance to early educators to support children in child care and their families.
  • Professional development opportunities, resources, and current best practices around health and safety in child care.
  • Guidance and connection to local, regional, and state-wide child health and child care partners focusing on current health and safety priorities.
  • Qualification, ongoing professional support, and coaching for Child Care Health Consultants.

Background:
The NC Resource Center was initiated by the NC Division of Public Health as a collaborative effort with the Division of Child Development and Early EducationSmart Start, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Created in response to the national Healthy Child Care America campaign in May 1995 and the establishment of Smart Start, the NC Resource Center forged partnerships within communities among early educatorshealth consultants, and consumers. Healthy Child Care North Carolina’s goal was to promote healthy and safe environments in child care.

In 1995, national leaders in the child care community developed a Blueprint for Action: 10 Steps That Communities Can Take to Help Families Care for Their Children. Healthy Child Care North Carolina focused on Step 9: Use Child Care Health Consultants to help develop and maintain healthy child care. From this, additional support for child care health consultation was established and included:

  • Research: The UNC Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, under a contract with the Division of Child Development, through its Quality Enhancement Project for Infants and Toddlers tracked and analyzed the activities of a specific group of CCHCs.
  • Technical Assistance: A statewide, toll free number supported as a health and safety resource for the child care community. The purpose of the technical assistance line is to link child care provider and consumers with quality health and safety consultation.
  • Resource Library: The Resource Library is located in the Division of Public Health in Raleigh and was created to serve the needs of CCHCs working with child care. The library has books, webinars, brochures, and materials, all available free of charge.

In 2001, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health assumed direction of the NC Resource Center through contracts with the NC Department of Health and Human Resources.

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