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

  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month
    Immunization is a key component of early childhood development and health. Remember – early childhood and school readiness begin with good health! It is important for early childhood education staff to make immunization a priority. Foster an environment of health with:• Immunization tracking• Staff education and adult vaccination as needed • Parent educationEarly childhood education (ECE) programs are prone to…
  • 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. …
  • Register for Fall 2018 Child Care Health Advocate Course
    Register for the Fall 2018 online Child Care Health Advocate Course at Northampton Community College (NCC).The course runs from August 20, 2018 through December 15 2018. Directors, lead teachers and others in the early education field learn to assess, identify, and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff, and to collaborate with a nurse or physician child care…
  • 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…