Delaware's Healthy Child Care America Program
Initiated in 1995, the Healthy Child Care America (HCCA) program is the product of a shared vision between Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Administration for Children and Families' Child Care Bureau (CCB). While federal funding has ended, Delaware continues to expand the vision of building strong linkages between health and child care professionals. Supporting the health and safety of Delaware’s children in child care settings is the mission of Delaware’s Healthy Child Care America Program.
A Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) should be a licensed or certified health professional (e.g. nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, health educator, oral health professional, and nutritionist) specifically trained to work with child care providers. The CCHC promotes health and safety for children, families and their educators. The Division of Public Health has partnered with Wesley College, Department of Nursing to provide the curriculum from the National Training Institute (NTI) of Child Health Consultants from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. Wesley College's Director of Nursing is an authorized trainer of the nationally approved NTI curriculum. Child care health consultation promotes positive health behaviors, provides health education and anticipatory guidance to staff, children and parents. Also, it is beneficial in providing linkages within the system of care addressing mental health, nutrition, oral health and physical activity.
Contact a CCHC
For a listing of licensed and/or certified health professionals currently trained as child care health consultants please visit the following link:
For more information on becoming a certified Child Care Health Consultant contact:
Visit Wesley College, Department of Nursing or call (302) 736-2488.
Other CCHC Resources:
- Infectious Disease in Childcare Settings: Informational Guidelines for Directors, Caregivers and Parents, 2nd Edition
- Healthy Child Care America
- National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
- National Training Institute for Child Care Consultation
- Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC)
- Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing
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