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, experience, and resources to help child care providers address health and safety needs specific to infants, children, and staff.
- CCHCs identify Idaho Child Care Rules and the National Health and Safety Performance Standards to provide guidance to child care programs. They are not 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 consulting with child care providers caring for children with special needs.
- 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, or any child care provider, 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 Health Consultant Program .