HP, CCHC & CCHA

Health Professional
(HP)

On this website, the term "Health Professional" designates all those in the health-related disciplines with expertise related to improving the quality of early education and before and after school child care.

Child Care Health Consultant
(CCHC)

A Child Care Health Consultant is a health professional who works with early education and school-age practitioners to recognize and promote the health and safety of children, families and their teachers. 

Child Care Health Advocate
(CCHA)

 A Child Care Health Advocate (CCHA) is a designated staff member who makes sure that best practice in health, safety, and nutrition are integrated into program policies and procedures while carrying out the usual duties of a director, lead teacher or similar role. 

News

  • Influenza (Flu)
    The influenza (flu) virus is common and unpredictable. Plan ahead for this year's flu season.  See ECELS Health Capsule Influenza: Plan Ahead - Flu Season is Here for current information and strategies to support flu vaccination for all staff and children in early care and education programs. 
  • Safe Use of Infant Sitting Devices
    A recent study in Pediatrics, “Infant Deaths in Sitting Devices,” reviewed the safety of infant sitting devices. The study found over 300 sleep-related infant deaths from 2004-2014 happened in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings, and other infant seats. Most sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices occurred in car seats. Incorrect use of car seats led to most infant deaths in…
  • STARS Standard L.M.2.5 Supporting Children with Special Needs
    Did you know…ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM.2.5 Program uses Caring for Our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special needs, asthma, medical needs, food allergies, and medication administration.  1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program. …
  • Sign-up for E-Mail Alerts
    Sign-up on this website to receive E-Mail Alerts from ECELS about news or key new postings on this website. Please click on the orange button on the home page to access this function. In addition, child care health consultants have an opportunity to request access to a password-protected site where ECELS is posting lesson plans for qualified instructors. To access…