Child Care Health Consultation Services

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The Child Care Health Consultation Services will be 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 an available service to childcare providers, and our staff are not auditors or connected to state and federal agencies. The Child Care Health Consultation 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 and ensure activities follow the Child Care Health Consultation Service Model which was founded to ensure consistent statewide child care health services 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?

Curious as to how why this service and subject is important to you, your staff, your center, and your CHILDREN? Take a look at some of these statistics below to see how we can improve the childcare climate within North Carolina, and 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.

Where Can We Train and Support?

Below is a list of few areas where we can provide training and support:

  • Quality health, wellness and safety practices.
  • Policy development and implementation.
  • Health education.
  • Resource and referral.
  • Illness and infectious diseases.
  • Children with special health care 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.