Child Care Health Advocate

 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. 

A Child Care Health Advocate coordinates a program's operations with external sources of health expertise such as a Child Care Health Consultant and other health professionals who provide technical assistance and education. Early education and child care staff members who want to function as the Child Care Health Advocate in their program can enroll in a 3 credit, online college course from Northampton Community College (NCC). For more information about how to register for the next NCC CCHA course, go to www.northampton.edu/ccha, call 610-332-6585 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. NCC offers the course in the fall and spring terms each year.  Education for the CCHA role as a continuing education opportunity (with or without college credit) is provided as in-person or online courses in other states such as California and North Carolina. 11/2012.

News

  • Metals in Baby Food
    There has been information in the news about metals found in baby food. Here’s what you need to know from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP explores the facts in “Metals in Baby Food”. Although some metals can be harmful to one’s health, recent reports are unclear on the types and amounts of metals found in infant and…
  • ECELS Immunization Webinar - January 16, 2020
    ECELS Webinar - Immunization Strategies for Success in Early Care and Education Programs - January 16, 2020. Registration for this webinar is now closed, however the recording will be posted and available for professional development credit.  Click here for details.
  • 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…
  • Fall Means Cooler Weather - Infant Safe Sleep Reminders
    Now is a good time to remind infant caregivers of safe sleep recommendations and the prohibition of use of blankets.  See the Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations.   11/2019