Harrison County Health Department

Bethany, Missouri

Child Care Health Consultant Program

The Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) Program is an initiative reaching child care providers and children enrolled in day care.  The CCHC Program provides health, safety and nutrition information through consultation, training and health promotion activities.  The CCHC Program uses professional nurses to coordinate and deliver these services; utilizing Local Public Health Agency nurses and other subject matter experts (e.g., Communicable Disease, Immunizations, WIC, and Environmental staff), the program offers one of the largest trainer networks in the state.

Local public health agency CCHCs began using the Missouri Workshop Calendar effective January 1, 2015.  This means that training for clock hours provided by the CCHCs is approved through the Missouri Workshop Calendar and can be counted towards child care providers annual clock hour training requirements.
What services are offered by the CCHC Program?

~Training Clock hours:  Child care facility staff can earn clock hours by attending approved trainings to assist them in meeting annual licensing requirements (12 clock hours per calendar year).  Training is provided at no cost to the facility staff.  Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend trainings offered to child care providers.

~Consultations:  The CCHC Program offers specialized and technical consultations to providers to furnish guidance on health and safety issues that affect the child care environment.

~Health Promotions:  The CCHC Program provides health and safety education to children enrolled in child care.  At the child care center, children participate in fun activities that teach them about safety and living healthy lifestyles.

How does the CCHC Program function?

The Department of Health and Senior Services receives federal funds that are passed to local public health agencies through contracts to provide these services on a federal fiscal year basis.  CCHC nurses and the network of other public health professionals in local agencies have built relationships with the child care providers they serve, allowing trusted communication to occur between providers and public heath officials during times of need (disease outbreaks, pandemic influenza, and natural disasters).  CCHCs in LPHAs are able to reach providers/family members with important information about priority health issues in Missouri.