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 renewal of the PA Director Credential, PA School-Age Credential and National CDA. See information below on the current 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 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. 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. Participants who currently work in a child care facility should ask their program to support their implementation of the child care health advocate role for their program. The course offers 3 hours of college credit and credit toward renewal of the Director Credential, School-age Credential and CDA. Download the file below that lists the "CCHA course class topics" covered in the 15 sessions.

All early childhood staff including directors, teachers, assistant teachers and family child care home providers are eligible to enroll if they meet NCC registration requirements.  Early care and education providers in the following Pennsylvania counties will be given priority to register in the southwest region funded course (EARL 160-WB):  Butler; Beaver; Lawrence; Indiana; Armstrong; Allegheny; Somerset: Bedford; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Blair and Cambria counties.  Staff from other counties are pemitted to enroll as space permits. Download and follow the instructions in the SW Funded Flyer to register for EARL 160-WB. Students may register for the public section, EARL 160-WA, from any location with internet service.  Download and follow the instructions in the Fall 2018 Course Flyer.  Questions? Email: Early Childhood Education, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Updated 7/23/2018.

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