Register now for the entirely online, Child Care Health Advocate Course. This 3 (college) credit-hour course from Northampton Community College (NCC) can help your program implement the practices from the Health and Safety Basics- Requirements for Certification course. The spring term runs
January 17 – May 15, 2017
. Nearly 200 students have taken the course and shared that they have improved the quality of their programs with the assignments that involve implementation in their programs.
Pennsylvania students can use Rising STARS Tuition Assistance
for reimbursement. The Mid-State Regional Key will be sponsoring a section of the course for the spring term.
ECELS is providing a free copy of the new American Academy of Pediatrics resource,
Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, 4th Ed. for every student that enrolls in the CCHA.
This 3 credit hour college course is entirely online. It requires a computer and access to the Internet to do the work. The topics for the course are listed below. Note that there are 7 live sessions in addition to the required weekly reading assignments, postings and interaction with fellow students and the instructors on the discussion board and submission to the instructor of a Reflective Journal with a description of how the week’s topic was used to implement change in the program where the student works. The live interactive sessions are recorded for use by students who are unable to participate live.
The curriculum was written and is updated every 2 years by Susan S. Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Pediatric Advisor, PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It addresses the topics that states must make sure have been taught to all early educators per the federal child care funding regulations for the Child Care Development Block Fund. Dr. Aronson participates as a guest-volunteer faculty for the course.The course is intended to enable students to perform as child care health advocates in the programs where they work. This role is described in Caring For Our Children standard 22.214.171.124, accessible on line at http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/126.96.36.199 .
Child Care Health Advocate Course Session Topics – 2017
1 Introduction to the course and to the CCHA role; weekly and longer term course assignments Course orientation; CCHA role, Checking health assessment records of enrolled children
2 Quality in Early Care & Education Compliance with Quality & Accreditation
3 Prevention, Medication Administration, Cultural Competence, Health Educ.
4 Preventing and Managing Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases
5 Communication, Problem Solving, Training, Health Education, Policies
6 Children with Special Needs and Disabilities
7 Social-emotional and Behavioral/Mental Health
8 Infants and Toddlers – including safe sleep
9 Injury Prevention and Transportation Safety
10 Nutrition & Physical Activity, Screen Time, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Screen Time
11 Staff Health, OSHA, Blood-borne Pathogens, Stress management
12 Preventing Injury, Child Abuse & Neglect, Policies
13 Oral Health
14 Environmental Health, Sun Safety
15 Emergency Preparedness and First Aid – where to get CPR in-person