HP, CCHC & CCHA

Health Professional
(HP)

On this website, the term "Health Professional" designates all those in the health-related disciplines with expertise related to improving the quality of early education and before and after school child care.

Child Care Health Consultant
(CCHC)

A Child Care Health Consultant is a health professional who works with early education and school-age practitioners to recognize and promote the health and safety of children, families and their teachers. 

Child Care Health Advocate
(CCHA)

 A Child Care Health Advocate (CCHA) is a designated staff member who makes sure that best practice in health, safety, and nutrition are integrated into program policies and procedures while carrying out the usual duties of a director, lead teacher or similar role. 

News

  • Dental Health Month Promotion Resources
    February is Dental Health Month - this year's campaign slogan is "Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile!” Oral health is essential to overall health. Take steps to improve the oral health of children in your care. Consider educating families, staff, and children about the importance of oral health to overall health by: 1. Engaging children in…
  • Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, 4th Ed. (CFOC4) Now Available
    Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, 4th Edition (CFOC4) is now available online at the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) http://nrckids.org/CFOC. The print version is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bookstore for $64.95. These national standards represent the best evidence expertise and experience in…
  • Avoid Plastics with Harmful Chemicals
    Many children receive gifts made of plastic over the holidays. Children may bring these items to the early education and child care program. Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition (CFOC3) Standard 5.2.9.9: Plastic Containers and Toys says: “The facility should use infant bottles, plastic containers, and toys that do not contain Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Bisphenol A (BPA), or phthalates. When possible,…
  • Fall Means Cooler Weather - Infant Safe Sleep Reminders
    Now is a good time to remind infant caregivers of safe sleep recommendations and the prohibition of use of blankets.  See the Infant Safe Sleep Reommendations.   10/2018 
  • Prepare Now for Flu
    Reduce the risk of influenza (flu) in your early care and education program this year.  See the flu article and resources.