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Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care "CCHC"

Division of Adult and Child Health
275 E. Main St. HS2WC
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone (502) 564-3756 ext:3765
Fax (502) 564-8003 

Goals of the Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care
  • To promote and protect the health and safety of children in and out of home child care.
  • To promote collaboration and coordination with the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and other agencies with responsibilities for child care.


Implemented in July 2000, Healthy Start in Child Care is a Kids NOW Initiative to provide consultation on health, safety and nutrition to child care providers. Trained Healthy Start Child Care Consultants from the local health departments participate in joint activities with the resource and referral agencies in their area to ensure collaboration and coordination regarding health, safety and nutrition issues impacting the quality of child care.

The population to be impacted by Healthy Start in Child Care includes the children and their families receiving out-of-home childcare. During the first five years, children of full-time working parents may spend more time in out-of-home childcare facilities than the total hours spent in school from kindergarten to high school. This makes it critical to utilize this window of opportunity to provide accurate health, safety and nutrition information to parents and child care providers.

Qualifications for Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care

Individual having a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree from an accredited college or university;
registered nurse; or
A public health administrator

902 KAR 4:130 Healthy Start in Child Care Program

Training:

  • Healthy Start in Child Care Consultants are required to complete an intensive training based on the standardized curriculum of the National Institute for Child Care Health Consultants, University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill.
  • "Mental Health in Child Care" is required training designed to assist the Healthy Start in Child Care consultant to identify risks and act as a protective factor to young children’s social/emotional health and provide recommended strategies.
Service Activity

Outreach
Activities to promote awareness of the program to child care providers and early childhood partners. For example, newsletter, newspaper advertisement and first contact with an enrolled provider

Consultation
Confer for the purpose of decision making or planning activities to improve child care services specific to health, safety and nutrition. Can be provided by telephone or on-site.

Follow-up
Required for playground safety consultation with identified hazards

Resource/Referral
As needed to following agencies: local health department, community mental health center, private psychologist, FRYSC, private M.D., social agency, First Steps, and others

Collaboration
Group of entities working together toward the common goal of quality child care

Education/Information
Provide education/information to child care providers, parents and children on health, safety and nutrition

External Links to Resources & Agencies

 

  CCHC Link
Internet Link to CCHC Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care
 

Last Updated 1/7/2013
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