Focus Areas and Special Projects
In addition to its core work of Child Care Health Consultation technical assistance and support and Medication Administration training, Healthy Child Care Colorado determines health, safety and child well being priorities in collaboration with input from the Healthy Child Care Colorado steering committee and partnership. In 2010, this partnership established the current priorities of Healthy Child Care Colorado which align with the priorities of the state’s Maternal and Child Health program as well as those of Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Plus, Healthy Child Care Colorado offers support to address:
We host in-person trainings and webinars for Child Care Health Consultants, providers and parents around these four priority areas and offer technical assistance, resources and supports to help Child Care Health Consultants and providers address these issues. Please visit the pages linked above to learn more about each of our areas of focus.
In addition, Healthy Child Care Colorado receives funding to carry out special projects. Below is summary of our current special projects;
Wellness Pilot Program – Supported by the Colorado Health Foundation
The goal of this project is to carry out promising obesity prevention strategies and identify barriers to implementing and sustaining them. We are collaborating with our partners -- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Cooking Matters and Children's Hospital Colorado -- to pool our resources to deliver an effective, multi-faceted program at five child care centers, and evaluate the barriers that the centers encounter. We plan to implement "I Am Moving, I Am Learning" (IMIL) in order to increase children's physical activity and nutrition in child care. We will integrate Cooking Matters to increase the number of fruits and vegetables that centers serve children.
A Child Health Liaison (CHL) is a health and safety advocate in a center-based program or family child care home. In a center, the CHL partners with the Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) to provide support to staff, children and families around a variety of health and safety topics. These topics may include information on communicable disease, immunizations, playground safety, nutrition and the care of children with special health care needs in child care. In a family child care home the provider is the CHL and uses and shares this health and safety information as she works with children and families.
In partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Healthy Child Care Colorado is implementing I Am Moving, I Am Learning trainings across Colorado. I am Moving, I am Learning is a promising practice recognized by the Federal Government to prevent childhood obesity. This training is fun and interactive for child care teachers, directors, health consultants, coaches, and public health employees. We encourage child care center staff to attend one of our trainings and we are looking for a few enthusiastic participants to train other child care centers in their community! Please visit the IMIL page to learn more.
The Healthy Child Care partnership is a well-established collaboration of government representatives, non-profits, and interested community members. The partnership meets monthly to work on a variety of projects that improve the lives of children in child care. Please visit our Partnershp page to learn more!