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

 

Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition (CFOC3)

Hennepin County Infectious Diseases in Childcare and Schools Manual

Healthy Child Care America

Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania

Model Child Care Health Policies

Head Start National Center on Health – Early Childhood

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness