Thursday, April 7, 2016

NC CCHCA Conference 2016 - NC CCHC Certification Pilot

NC CCHC Certification (CCHC-C) project was presented this morning at the annual Association conference. The goal of building the first in the nation Child Care Health Consultant Certification process to address the need for qualified on-site support for health and safety in child care programs in NC was discussed by a panel: Dr. Jonathan Kotch discussed the importance of high quality CCHC services to the health and safety of young children and how North Carolina is leading the way nationally. 

Christina DiSalvo from the North Carolina Partnership for Children talked about the infrastructure in North Carolina that supports CCHCs, including the CCHC Practice Model, the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center and coaching supports, and the state CCHC nurse and Association. 

Debra Torrence from the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals discussed the importance of certification and what certification will mean for Child Care Health Consultants in North Carolina. 

Read more about the Child Care Health Consultant Certification Pilot Project here:

Amy Petersen, the chair of the CCHC Association told us more about the actual details of the project and who has been involved so far. 

And Erin Belford talked more about the pilot project and what the benefits of certification will be for CCHCs, including the Rewards and Benefits options: 

Update! Slides from this presentation are now available on the Association's OneDrive.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CCHC of the year!

Terri Walls of Craven County has been chosen for the North Carolina Child Care Health Association Achievement Award for 2016. Congratulations Terri!!


Please welcome the newest qualified CCHCs!!

NC CCHCA Conference 2016 - DCDEE - Laura Hewitt

Laura Hewitt from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education presented on updates and new initiatives.

In the areas of pre-service and orientation training, prevention of shaken baby syndrome / abusive head trauma and medication administration are hot topics. Keep an eye on the "What's New?" section of the DCDEE website for updates.

She discussed :

  • changes to the Center Emergency Medical Care Plan - see documents titled "Emergency Medical Care Plans" under Center in the DCDEE Provider Documents.

NC CCHCA Conference 2016 - Children's Environmental Health - David Brown

David Brown, Surveillance Coordinator with the Department of Health and Human Services Children's Environmental Health Program presents at the North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association Conference. 

He warned against the use of electric hot water dispensers currently seen being used in child care facilities in North Carolina. 

And had helpful images from classrooms across the state to illustrate best practice ...

and unacceptable situations. 

Can you determine what should be locked and what should be kept out of reach in this picture? 

Tell us in the comments!