Child Care Health Consultant Network

Advice & Coaching for Child Care Providers

Child care providers deserve support. We’re here to answer your questions, respond to your needs, and help you make improvements — large and small — to support the health, safety, and well-being of the kids in your care.

Our Child Care Health Consultants offer one-on-one coaching and planning sessions to potentially licensed or currently licensed providers in Kansas — wherever and whenever you need it.

Upcoming Health, Safety, & Wellness Events

 The CCHC Network hosts a variety of Networking and Support (NETS) Meetings. Attendees will learn about and discuss various health, safety, and wellness topics relevant to the Kansas child care community.

These meetings serve as a safe space for all licensed Kansas providers to network, learn, and connect with peers. A provider does not need to be participating with the CCHC Network in order to participate in NETS.

Learn more about the different NETS meetings that are currently being offered, below.

Please join the Child Care Health Equity Consultant for our monthly Networking and Support (NETS) meeting intended for licensed childcare providers and professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or any other Person of Color (BIPOC), to come together in a space designed for us to bring our entire authentic selves, free of negative stereotypes, while gaining valuable resources and professional connections.

First Monday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

NO MEETING IN JUNE

NEW TIME: 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Topic: Summertime Fun – Preschool Summer Activity Ideas

Register Here

Health & Safety NETS

Please join the Child Care Health Consultant Network for a monthly Networking and Support (NETS) meeting. This is an opportunity for licensed providers to come together and meet fellow providers while gaining valuable resources. This is part 6 of 7 on our Challenging Behaviors miniseries.

Thursday, June 20th, via Zoom Please note the change in the date.

6:30 to 7:30 PM

Topic: Special Needs and Child Behavior

 

Register Here

Spanish NETS 

Please join the Child Care Health Consultant Network for a monthly Spanish Networking and Support (NETS) meeting. This is an opportunity for Spanish-speaking licensed providers to come together and meet fellow Spanish providers while gaining valuable resources. This is part 6 of 7 on our Challenging Behaviors miniseries.

Fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 24th, via Zoom

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Topic: Special Needs and Child Behavior

Register Here

 

This meeting is offered quarterly for Kansas programs that have Registered Nurses or Health/Safety Directors on staff. These staff members play a very specific role within the program and is often very medically focused. This meeting is facilitated by our Registered Nurse Consultants.

Third Thursday quarterly from 1 to 2 PM.

Topic: Seasonal Allergies and Asthma

Thursday, June 18th,2024, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., via Zoom

 

Register Here

Join CCHC for an in-person All-Spanish Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers training, hosted by the Child Care Health Consultant Network. Saturday, April 20th from 10 AM to 1 PM in Garden City, KS. Training is eligible for 3 KDHE hours.

Register here or email us at cchc@ks.childcareaware.org to learn more.

Virtual KDHE approved training opportunity for child care providers on Wednesday, May 1st from 6-9 PM, on emergency preparedness. Hosted by the Child Care Health Consultant Network.

 

Register here or email us at cchc@ks.childcareaware.org to learn more.

Flexible

One-on-One

Customized

The Benefits

You’ve found the business partner you’ve always wanted. Whether you need answers to a few questions, support making small changes, or a plan for a long-term project, your Child Care Health Consultant is here to help.

  • Receive the tools and resources you need to reach your goals.
  • Build confidence in your skills and knowledge.
  • Stay up to date on best practices and the latest research.
  • Learn to customize services for individual children.
  • Improve your relationship with parents and families.
  • Create culturally responsive spaces that welcome diverse children, families, and staff.
  • Find community resources you can turn to for support.
  • Join a community of child care providers with similar experiences and backgrounds.
  • Provide Bi-lingual support.

By stepping up the quality of your child care, more parents will send their kids your way — and recommend your business to their friends and family.

How It Works

We know you’re doing your very best working hard for the kids in your care. But there’s never enough time in the day to finish everything you want to. We can shorten your to-do list — by helping you streamline your routine and work more efficiently.

You can spend as little or as much time as you want working with your consultant, with no minimum timeline requirements. We’ll never force you to meet specific goals or make changes you don’t want to.

When you join the Child Care Health Consultation Network, you can expect to:

  • Brainstorm a list of topics you want to learn more about.
  • Talk about your health, safety, and wellness goals.
  • Set your own focus areas, goals, and timeline.
  • Decide how often you want to meet and how much support you want.
  • Learn about new research and best practices.
  • Participate in group learning opportunities with other providers.

Focus Areas

Your Child Care Health Consultant can advise you on an endless list of topics related to health, safety, and wellness. Here are just a few examples:

  • Child care recruitment
  • Licensed child care guidance
  • Grant funding opportunities
  • Preparation for survey inspection
  • Health & safety support
  • Resources
  • Community connections
  • Connections to partner projects
  • Health, safety & wellness policy development and implementation
  • Illness and infectious diseases
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Health equity
  • Nutrition and physical health
  • Staff health and wellness
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Health education

Your Child Care Health Consultant is here to help all program types. From in-home child care to child care centers large and small! Our Nurse Consultant, Emergency Preparedness Consultant, and Health Equity Consultant are also available to provide additional support.

Learn more about how we can support you with teaching kids about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promoting a place of belonging for children, families, and staff.

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Four Things to Know About the Recent Measles Outbreak

With measles cases on the rise, you may be wondering what you can do to keep the children in your care safe and your program doors open. Although measles was once quite common, it can now be prevented with the use of vaccines. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), most measles cases that occur today occur in unvaccinated people.

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Explore the different perspectives, proposals, and projects of people working toward change in the child care sector. Ideas & Solutions Blog

An Inside Look

Providers at a large child care center and a small group home, both with decades of experience, explain what they gained from the Child Care Health Consultation service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Focused on promoting health, safety, and wellness in child care environments, the Child Care Health Consultant Network is a service offering one-on-one coaching and planning sessions to Kansas providers.

Any potentially licensed or currently licensed child care provider in the state of Kansas can join the network, whatever their experience level. We can offer support to everyone — from providers just launching their careers to professionals who’ve been working in the field for decades.

Nothing. The service is provided at no cost to you.
The Child Care Health Consultation Network is provided by Child Care Aware of Kansas in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

As much or as little as you want. There are no specific requirements you need to fulfill.
You can request as much or as little support as you want, schedule meetings around your schedule, set your own timeframe for getting things done. Plus, you can drop out at any time — without consequences — if life gets too hectic.

Our highly trained and experienced Child Care Health Consultants have worked in the child care sector for decades, and many have served as providers themselves. They are experts in the latest early care and education research and best practices. Rather than offering rigid recommendations, they help you improve your care in ways that best fit your individual needs, particular strengths, and unique child care environment.

Your Child Care Health Consultant can advise you on effective health, safety, and wellness business practices. By stepping up the quality of your care, more parents will send their kids your way — and recommend your business to their friends and family. Plus, you can market yourself to families as a provider who uses research-based best practices for the safety, health, and well-being of their children.

Yes, a Spanish speaking consultant is available. Materials and resources are also available in Spanish. If another language is needed, we can contact another partner agency for additional services.

Contact us to request an introductory, one-on-one meeting. Click the button below, call 785-823-3343 or email cchc@ks.childcareaware.org

Our Child Care Health Consultants

Support is provided by highly trained and experienced Child Care Health Consultants, many of whom have worked in the child care sector for decades and have served as providers themselves.

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This project is supported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with funding from the Kansas Department for Children and Families Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) supplemental funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

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