Childcare Health Consultation Services
Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) Services are provided through SSFC’s Manager of Child Care Health Services, a trained Public Health Professional. The Manager of Child Care Health Services will provide technical assistance in the form of consultation and coaching to early educators focusing on improving the capacity of child care providers’ health and safety outcomes. They will also provide trainings related to health and safety topics to child care providers and early educators, allowing educators opportunities for continuing education.
This program is available to childcare providers and facilities, with the understanding that our staff at Smart Start of Forsyth County are focused on helping childcare programs maintain a healthy and safe environment. The CCHC services are intended to help build capacity in a much needed area of child care and staff development, and we look forward to working with you in this pivotal area.
Smart Start of Forsyth County will implement activities that follow the CCHC Service Model which was founded to ensure consistent statewide child care health services that positively impact the quality of care received in early care and education settings. The CCHC Service Model is in alignment with Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (CFOC) and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness’s Child Care Health Consultant Competencies.
Why Is This Important?
Statistics show that this service and subject is important to you, your staff, your center, and your children. Together, we can improve the childcare climate within Forsyth County.
- North Carolina is the 32nd ranked state in terms of childhood health. Poor health can come from stress, poor nutrition, abuse, lack of health care, and inadequate housing.
- In 2019, almost 11% of babies born in Forsyth County were considered below a healthy birth weight (5.5 pounds). Low birth weights are an indicator for health issues in babies and children, including the risk of death within year 1.
- In 2019, 50.2% of children in Forsyth County lived in poor or low income homes.
- In 2019, only 6% of children in North Carolina had health insurance. This is a 2% decrease from 2010.
- In 2019, 53.9 children out of 1,000 were assessed for abuse or neglect in Forsyth County.
- In 2019, there were 62.8 child deaths per 100,000.
At Smart Start our vision is to create an equitable early childhood system that will foster an environment for learning, growing, developing, and succeeding. Together, with our collective work, we can improve the childcare climate within Forsyth County and diminish these disparities amongst the children in our community.
CCHCs are skilled to provide training and support in the following areas:
- Quality health, wellness and safety practices
- Policy development and implementation
- Health education
- Resource and referral
- Illness and infectious diseases
- Children with special healthcare needs
- Medical administration
- Safety and injury prevention
- Emergency preparedness, response and recovery
- Infant and child social and emotional well-being
- Child abuse and neglect
- Nutrition and physical activity
- Oral health
- Environmental health
- Staff health and wellness