How does HCCAR support child care providers?

1. Telephone consultations daily during work hours

We have a Child Care Health Consultant who is a registered nurse and on call to answer health related questions.  We do not diagnose or provide medical advice for individual children but we do provide information regarding health related issues for your child care center.  Types of questions we can answer are:

• What does our center need to do about immunizations?
• We suspect child maltreatment, what do we do?
• How do we make sure we are compliant with managing infection disease/injury prevention/giving medications to children at our center?
• How can we implement health and safety standards and regulations?
• How can we answer questions about concerns regarding emotional/behavioral issues in our center?
• Can you help us plan and implement a safe and healthy environment for children and child care staff?

Individual child care providers may call 501-526-8737 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to talk to our Child Care Health Consultant.
 
2. Live workshop trainings
 
HCCAR is offering workshops around the state on three topics. Currently, the following curricula are available:
 
Managing Infectious Disease (MID) Curriculum

This 4-hour workshop focuses on how to recognize, prevent, and manage infectious disease in child care settings.
 
Medication Administration (MAC) Curriculum - This 4-hour workshop teaches principles and best practice recommendations on the proper and safe handling, storage, and documentation around medication administration.
 
Spotting Autism in Early Child Care Setting (SPAECS) Curriculum - This 6-hour workshop presents basic information on Autism Spectrum Disorders, suggestions on how to partner with families, and classroom strategies to improve social communication. HCCAR will conduct one live SPAECS training in the Spring of 2013.

3. Web-based training
 
We know that live training is helpful but not always practical.  HCCAR is developing web-based curricula to provide practical, convenient, and accessible training. The first workshop we are developing for online training is the Spotting Autism in Early Child Care Setting (SPAECS) curriculum described above. Once the SPAECS workshop is online, you will be able to access it through this website and will be able to receive TAPP credit for online completion of this course. Please stay tuned for further information about this.
 
As HCCAR continues to grow, we plan to create more web-based trainings for child care providers.

 

The term Child Care Health Consultant may be new to many people. Why is HCCAR so passionate about this concept?

We believe it is important to provide quality child care to promote the health, safety, and well-being of our children.  Our mission is to improve health and safety practices in child care settings.

 

What can a Child Care Health Consultant do for you?

Consultations by Child Care Health Consultants can help you and your center in many ways.

Research has shown improvement in health quality indicators when a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) is involved with a child care center such as:

• a higher percentage of children with current immunizations,
• an increase in well-child exams on file,
• improvements in health and safety practices in child care centers,
• a reduction in employee absenteeism due to illness.

Our CCHC and HCCAR medical/psychology faculty can also provide resources with the integration of children with special needs into child care facilities.

For more information regarding identified health needs of children in Arkansas, please go to the Arkansas Natural Wonders 2011 report:

http://www.archildrens.org/documents/News/NatWon-report-2011.pdf

 

 

What a Child Care Health Consultant cannot do?

CCHCs cannot diagnose and treat children at a child care facility.  Questions about individual children should always be directed toward family and the child’s medical team.
 
Helpful Links

 

American Academy of Pediatrics

American School Health Association

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Centers for Disease Control - Child Development

Child Care Aware America

Child Health On-Line

Children's Defense Fund

Consumer Products Safety Commission

Early Head Start National Resource Center

Food Allergy Initiative

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Healthy Child Care America

Healthy Children - Spanish Version

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

National Pediculosis Association (head lice information)

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Safe Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Zero to Three - National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Arkansas's Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them

Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities