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Child Care Health Consultant Competency 7: Children with Special Health Care Needs

The CCHC supports programs and families to ensure that children with a special health care need and/or chronic health condition have full, safe inclusion in the ECE program. A CCHC also:

  • Keeps up-to-date on relevant knowledge to serve as a resource on caring for children with special health care needs and/or management of chronic health conditions
  • Helps programs understand how to meet their responsibilities to provide services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Supports programs in planning for and fully accommodating children with special health care needs including chronic physical health and mental health conditions so they can be included in all possible activities
  • Collaborates with programs to develop and implement individualized healthcare plans in partnership with the child’s family, health care provider, and identified specialists, if applicable
  • Connects programs and families with resources for children with special health care needs and/or chronic physical health or mental health conditions
  • Supports transition planning between the ECE settings and kindergarten

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Featured Initiatives and Resources

The CYSHCN Help Line is an information and referral source for those living with, caring for and concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.

The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special health care needs. Sixteen Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.

Care Management for At-Risk Children (CMARC) serves children from birth to 5 years of age who meet certain at-risk criteria. The main goals of the program are to improve health outcomes and reduce costs for enrolled children.

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