Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) are health professionals trained to work directly with child care providers in child care centers and family child care homes by providing consulting services, and community resource information, and referrals. In Nevada, CCHCs are organized and trained through The Children’s Cabinet in collaboration with Washoe County and Southern Nevada Health Districts and other members of the statewide CCHC workgroup.
Download the CCHC request form by clicking the link below:
CCHC Request Form for Child Care Providers
Why Are CCHCs Needed?
Tens of thousands of Nevada’s young children are cared for in out-of-home settings. Early care and education providers deal with such issues as asthma, obesity, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), dental concerns, food related illnesses, and infectious disease. For example:
• Asthma is a leading cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15 years
• Increasing numbers of children are obese and acquiring type 2 diabetes
• Infants are developing caries in their baby teeth which interferes with eating, speech development, and the health of their permanent teeth
• A high proportion of food related illnesses are caused by mishandling of food or improper sanitation
• Early care and education providers may unknowingly contribute to, or cause, illnesses due to inadequate policies and procedures.
A Child Care Health Consultant can help providers handle these and many other health and safety issues.
What Types of Topics are CCHCs Trained to Address?
The National Training Institute for CCHCs uses the Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs as the basis for CCHC. This is also the basis for CCHC training in Nevada. The topics include:
• Quality in Child Care
• Child Abuse and Neglect
• Mental Health and Behavioral Issues
• Children with Special Needs¨
• Playground Safety
• Oral Health
• Injury Prevention
• Infectious Diseases
• Cultural Diversity
• Health Policy Development in Child Care