What is the Child Care Health Consultation Program?
Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC) provide a one-stop health resource for child care providers and parents. The nurse consultants help child care providers to improve the health and safety of the children in their care. The nurse consultants are available in person and by phone. These specially trained nurses help with the development and review of health and safety policies for the child care site. The nurses are familiar with available community resources and can help with referrals. The nurses provide staff training on a variety of topics related to child health and development, safety, prevention of diseases, and more.
Why is it needed?
Child care providers want the best for the children in their care. This program ensures that child care providers get the help they need with health and safety issues.
Who is eligible?
Any licensed child care provider enrolled in Quality First – whether home based or center based – may request CCHC services. Quality First – a signature program of First Things First – partners with child care and preschool providers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona.
Is there a cost?
No, Child Care Nursing Consultation services are completely FREE.
What are the goals of the program?
The overall goal of the CCHC program is to provide child care staff with up to date information about childhood health, development and safety practices in order to improve the quality of early child care throughout Yavapai County.
What has the program achieved?
Studies show that access to a Nurse can have positive effects on immunization completion rates, and children’s access to health care. Child care providers report increased staff confidence when a CCHC is available to support and provide training.
Where are the services for the Child Care Health Consultation program available?
The nurses meet with child care providers by appointment. The nurses are also available to providers by phone.
Who do I contact for more information?
Child Care Health Consultation Program
Prescott, Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Verde Valley areas: (928) 442-5489
The Child Care Health Consultation program is made possible through funding from Arizona First Things First.