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 CCHA 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. Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2022 online Child Care Health Advocate course (EARL 160-01) offered by Northampton Community College (see flyer for full details). 

This unique 3 credit hour college course is taught remotely over 10 weeks (Updated timeline: February 24 – May 11, 2022) and prepares the Child Care Practitioner to function in the role of a CCHA. The course addresses 15 different health and safety modules as a resource for child care directors, teachers, assistant teachers, and child care practitioners. Participants will learn to assess, identify, and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff and will learn to collaborate with a registered nurse or licensed physician who serves as the facility’s child care health consultant.

In partnership with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), tuition assistance,for child care facility staff currently employed in Pennsylvania but space is limited. Register early to be sure you have a place for the upcoming term. Please contact Cathe Kuker, NCC ECE Student Support, to start the enrollment process for an OCDEL-supported slot: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All PA early childhood staff including directors, teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care home providers are eligible to enroll. OCDEL will cover all tuition-related fees (valued at over $1000); books and materials are the responsibility of the student.

The course is intended to enable students to meet Standard 1.3.2.7 Qualifications and Responsibilities for Health Advocates from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Early Care and Education Programs. It offers a unique opportunity for Child Care Practitioners to acquire academic credit that may be applicable toward college degrees and has received accolades from previously enrolled students. Since 2007, faculty members who are health professionals and child care health consultants have taught this course as an ongoing collaboration between Northampton Community College and the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Brittany Massare MD, FAAP is a pediatric advisor for the Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) and participates in teaching the course. Questions regarding course content can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Register today for this exciting opportunity!

Click here to see course flyer! Updated 1/10/22

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