College Course-registration information & curricula

The Child Care Health Advocate course is taught online at Northampton Community College. The course has 15 sessions, earning 3 college credits to apply toward a degree or renewal of the Director Credential. Supplementary curricular material will be posted here. For registration or questions about the course, please contact the Admissions Department at 610-861-5500.

Register for the Fall 2016 online Child Care Health Advocate Course at Northampton Community College. 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 health consultant. The course provides 15 health and safety modules and 7 web-based live interactive sessions with instructors and classmates. It involves participants in implementation of learning experiences at their own facilities or, for those who are not working in an early education and child care facility, via simulated case studies. All early childhood staff including directors, teachers, assistant teachers and family child care home providers are eligible to enroll. Participants who currently work in a child care facility should ask their program to support their assumption of the child care health advocate role for their program. The course offers college degree credit and credit toward renewal of the Director Credential, School-age Credential and CDA. Pennsylvania providers: check with your Regional Key to see if you are eligible for tuition subsidy for this course either in the subsidized section or using a tuition assistance grant. Students who are not from Pennsylvania can join a section of the course that is not tuition subsidized. Download the list of topics covered in the 15 sessions and the registration flyer. The PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics authors and updates the curriculum. Susan Aronson, MD, FAAP participates in teaching the course as a NCC volunteer faculty member. For questions and to register contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500. Ask about EARL 160. Updated 4-6-2017.

With permission from the California Training Institute, Susan S. Aronson, MD updated the Child Care Health Advocate curriculum reading material in the Nutrition and Physical Activity module. The first edition module, dated 2006, is available online at The  Pennsylvania update of the California chapter includes the content of standards from the third edition of Caring for Our Children. The updated chapter is required reading for the college credit-bearing Child Care Health Advocate Course now taught at Northampton Community College as an online course. Reviewers were: Bobbie Rose, RN, Child Care Health Consultant for the California Childcare Health Program, and Kristen Copeland, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital for the material that cited her work. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012