Health Consultation Services
Health and safety are foundational pieces of quality child care. Child care health consultants are defined in Minnesota statute as health professionals (RN, PHN, MD). They promote the health, safety, and well-being of children, families, and educators in early childhood settings with their knowledge and experience. Working in collaboration with child care programs, child care health consultants can help:
- Review or create written health and safety policies and procedures.
- Consult on healthy and safety matters on-site, by telephone, or email.
- Conduct a comprehensive health and safety assessment of the indoor and outdoor environments.
- Offer technical assistance to plan quality improvements.
- Give community resource information and referrals for health and social needs, including: medical and dental homes, health insurance, housing, transportation, mental health, and services for children with special needs.
- Manage the needs of children with health conditions, developmental concerns, social-emotional concerns, and special health needs.
- Assess the need for and give training to child care educators, families, and children on several topics, including: child health and development, nutrition and physical activity, injury prevention, management of illness, medication administration, prevention and control of infectious diseases, oral health, social-emotional development, and environmental health.
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Resources for Child Care Health Consultants and Early Childhood Providers
- Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs Third Edition
- Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education
- Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction
- Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs
- Oral Health in Child Care and Early Education
- Environmental Health in Early Care and Education
- Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Education
- Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs, Based on Caring for our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards, developed by California Child Care Program, funded by the UCSF School of Nursing, 2014
- Professionals & Caregivers
- Trainers & RBPD