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The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Course is a cooperative undertaking of the NC Division of Public Health and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The course is designed to provide training in child care health consultation to those who have been hired to work as Child Care Health Consultants or those whose primary function is to implement CCHC work.
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 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 twelve weeks and includes weekly readings and videos, a content-related quiz, self-directed assignments, weekly zoom meetings, and one in-person session in the Raleigh area.

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: training implementation and health education
  • 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

Agenda for in-person session (Raleigh area)

  • 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
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 – provide health and safety consultation to child care facilities
  • Preferred experience and knowledge in the following areas:
    • Pediatric health
    • Community health
    • Health education
    • Early care and education
  • Documented education in one of the following:
    • A licensed, registered nurse*
    • A licensed physician*
    • A licensed nurse practitioner*
    • A licensed physician assistant*
    • A licensed paramedic*
    • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in health education**
    • A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a health related field with a focus on community health or health promotion

*Has an active, unencumbered license in the state CCHC services are provided.
**Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation preferred.

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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