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The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Course is designed to provide training in child care health consultation to those who have been hired to work as Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) or those whose job function includes providing CCHC services.

The NC CCHC Course teaches health professionals the skills needed to provide child care health consultation and coaching and to fulfill their role as CCHCs. The course provides the information, resources, and hands-on experiences to inform CCHC practice. Students receive training in providing comprehensive site assessments, technical assistance, training, consultation, coaching, and child advocacy.

This NC CCHC Course runs approximately twelve weeks and includes weekly readings and videos, self-directed assignments, weekly zoom meetings, content-related quizzes, 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.

Requirements for acceptance into the course:

  • Job responsibilities that include providing health and safety consultation to child care facilities
  • Experience in or knowledge of the following areas:
    • Pediatric health
    • Community health
    • Health education
    • Early care and education
  • Having one of the following:
    • A registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or paramedic license.
      • License must be active, unencumbered in the state where CCHC services are provided.
    • Degree from a four-year college or university with a major in health education or related field such as community health or health promotion.
      • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation preferred.
    • Degree from a four-year college or university and at least three years experience working in public health education.
      • Experience must include working primarily as a public health educator within the last five years.

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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