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.

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