What is a Child Care Health Consultant?
A Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) is a health care professional, such as a registered nurse or physician assistant, who has special training and resources to help child care providers address health and safety needs specific to infants, children, and staff. CCHCs have an interest in and experience with children and they have knowledge of resources and regulations.
CCHCs Help in the Following Ways:
- CCHCs interpret Idaho Child Care Rules and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards to provide guidance to child care programs. They are not responsible for or involved with regulating child care facilities.
- CCHC Program services include consultations with individual child care facility directors/owners, families, and the community to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children.
- CCHCs partner with child care providers to educate staff regarding a variety of health issues, from correct techniques for diapering to technical assistance for providers caring for children with special needs.
For a more detailed description of what the CCHC program has to offer child care providers, download the Child Care Health Consultant Program brochure.
Get help from the CCHC Program
There are several ways to get help from the CCHC Program:
- A health, city or food inspector may refer the child care facility director/owner
- A child care facility with a score below 3.0 in health and safety (PCR’s) on the Environment Rating Scale Assessment will be offered CCHC Program services
- A child care facility director/owner may self-refer for assistance
To locate a Child Care Health Consultant in your area, call the 2-1-1 Idaho Care Line by dialing 2-1-1, or 1-800-926-2588, and request the Child Care Regional Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Specialist or call the CCHC Program Manager at 208-345-1090 ext. 27.
Disclaimer: The content of the Child Care Health Consultant Program and of the IdahoSTARS web site is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or safety advice. Always seek the advice of appropriate professionals and organizations such as your physician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your local Health Department, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission with any questions related to their expertise. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the IdahoSTARS web site or learned from the Child Care Health Consultant Program.