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Healthy Child Care Virginia

The goal of the Healthy Child Care Virginia program is to promote the healthy development of all children in child care, including those with special health needs, to increase access to preventive health services, and to create safe physical environments for children.

 

Important Announcements:

CCHCs! We are please to share with you a Caring for Children with Food Allergies toolkit for your professional use. Please visit the Curriculums page to access this powerpoint and corresponding resources and cover letter. We hope you find it useful in your trainings and consultation. Please direct any questions to Claire Wood.

VDH no longer supplies paper copies of the School Entrance Health Form. A downloadable pdf version, as well as instructions for completion, are available here.

The Spring 2014 CCHC eNewsletter is now available under the Resources and Newsletter tab. You may also access it here.

The Fall 2013 CCHC eNewsletter is now available under the Resources and Newsletter tab. You may also access it here.

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Contact Us

Early Childhood Health
109 Governor St., 8th Flr. Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7685
FAX: (804) 864-7722

 

Overview:

Important H1N1 Information

Please follow the link below for important information and resources regarding H1N1 and seasonal flu in child care settings.
Click here: Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs

Significance:

In Virginia, an estimated 70% of working women have their children enrolled in some form of child care. It is also estimated that some 250,000 children ages birth through preschool are being cared for by approximately 12,000 child care providers.

The demand for child care is high. Identifying and securing quality child care is a major concern for families that must spend time away from their children. Conversely, identifying and securing quality caregivers is also difficult for child care providers because of high staff turnaround rates and the difficulty in attracting qualified caregivers.

Goal:

The goal of the Healthy Child Care Virginia program is to promote the healthy development of all children in child care, including those with special health needs, to increase access to preventive health services, and to create safe physical environments for children.

Objectives:

The objectives of the program include:

  • Promoting a safe and healthy child care environment for all children, including thosewithspecial health needs
  • Reducing the spread of communicable diseases
  • Reducing medically attended injuries
  • Increasing up-to-date immunizations
  • Increasing nutritional status
  • Improving knowledge among families and providers about the inclusion of special health needs children in child day care. This includes children with asthma, speech and other developmental disabilities, neurobehavioral needs (ADHD, ADD, etc.), nutrition and physical activity and other diagnosed conditions (i.e., diabetes)
  • Optimizing mental health for children
  • Increasing oral hygiene practices
  • Increasing the number of children with health insurance coverage

The Healthy Child Care Virginia program includes a service that can be a valuable resource for child care providers and families: continue>>>

 

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CHILD CARE PROVIDERS:

Child care providers who administer prescription medication to children in licensed or regulated child day programs are required by the Code of Virginia to satisfactorily complete a MAT course approved by the Board of Nursing. The course must be facilitated by an approved MAT Trainer. To find an approved MAT Trainer, please visit the Virginia Department of Social Services MAT Program web site.

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Last Updated: 04-08-2014

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