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Active Child Care Health Consultants

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Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) are trained health professionals with education and experience in both child and community health and early care and education. CCHCs work with early care and education programs to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate strategies to achieve high quality, safe and healthy child care environments. Active CCHCs in North Carolina have successfully completed the NC Child Care Health Consultant Training Course. All active CCHCs are listed on the Find a CCHC page.

CCHC One-Pager

Download a one-pager on Child Care Health Consultation here: CCHC one-pager 2022

What do CCHCs do?

  • Assess the environments for health and safety in child care programs
  • Develop strategies for inclusion of children with special health care needs
  • Support early educators with preventing and managing injuries and infectious disease
  • Connect early educators and families to community health resources
  • Provide up-to-date information on regulations and best practices
  • Provide health and safety technical assistance and training

When to Call a CCHC

When a child care program could benefit from training, technical assistance, coaching, assessment, or quality improvement planning in any area of health and safety including the following:

  1. Quality Health, Safety, and Wellness Practices
  2. (Health and Safety) Policy Development and Implementation
  3. Health Education
  4. (Health and Safety) Resource and Referral
  5. Illness and Infectious Diseases
  6. Children with Special Healthcare Needs
  7. Medication Administration
  8. Safety and Injury Prevention
  9. Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  10. Infant and Child Social Emotional Wellbeing
  11. Child Abuse and Neglect
  12. Physical Activity
  13. Nutrition
  14. Oral Health
  15. Environmental Health
  16. Staff Health and Wellness
  17. [Health and safety related] Policy Development and Implementation

CCHCs make a difference

Child care health consultation has shown to positively impact:

  • health and safety policies and practices in child care programsi
  • indicators of health and access to preventive health care for children and staffii
  • the development and use of standards based health and safety policies in early childhood education programsiii

i Alkon, Abbey, et al, Child Care Health Consultation Improves Health and Safety Policies and Practices, Academic Pediatrics, September 2009
ii Isbell, Patricia, et al, Improvement of Child Care Programs’ Health and Safety Policies, and Practices, and Children’s Access to Health Care, Linked to Child Care Health Consultation, NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 2013
iii Ramler, Malia, et al, The influence of child care health consultants in promoting children’s health and well-being: A report on selected resources. US DHHS, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA. 2006

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