Child Care Health Consultant Network

Free 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.

Free

Flexible

One-on-One

Customized

The Benefits

You’ve found the business partner you’ve always wanted. Whether you want answers to a few questions, need support making small changes, or 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.
  • Find community resources you can turn to for support.
  • Join a supportive community of other providers.
  • Bi-lingual support available

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.

“This is what I really needed. It gave me renewed energy and renewed spirit …. Even for people who have [been in the field] for a long time, it makes them feel a lot better.”
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Larissa Graham
Barton Community College Child Development Center, Great Bend

How It Works

We know you’re doing your very best to create the best possible environment 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 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.

See the pathway you might take during your experience.

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:

Recruitment & Start-up
  • Playground safety
  • Medications
  • Hand-washing
  • Drop-off and pick-up
  • Screen time
  • Conversations with parents
  • Children with developmental issues
  • Daily routines and schedules
  • Planning activities
  • Policies, rules, and checklists
  • Health, safety, and wellness business practices
  • Finding community resources
Health, Safety, and Wellness
  • Playground safety
  • Medications
  • Hand-washing
  • Drop-off and pick-up
  • Screen time
  • Conversations with parents
  • Children with developmental issues
  • Daily routines and schedules
  • Planning activities
  • Policies, rules, and checklists
  • Health, safety, and wellness business practices
  • Finding community resources
Specialty
  • Playground safety
  • Medications
  • Hand-washing
  • Drop-off and pick-up
  • Screen time
  • Conversations with parents
  • Children with developmental issues
  • Daily routines and schedules
  • Planning activities
  • Policies, rules, and checklists
  • Health, safety, and wellness business practices
  • Finding community resources

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 in their areas of specialty.

In-Home
  • Aid in creating individualized Health policies, nutrition policies, behavior guidance policies, cleaning policies, etc.
  • Offer guidance on communicating with families on policy and policy changes
  • Offer recommendations on how to arrange a classroom environment to promote SE learning
  • Offer suggestions on implementing inclusivity during play time or modifying activities for those with special health needs
  • Locate KDHE approved trainings that meet your programs individual needs
  • Participate in knowledge-based discussions with an experienced ECE professional
  • Provide suggestions on educational components to encourage kindergarten readiness
  • Help identify safety hazards and brainstorm possible solutions
Center
  • Offer recommendations on how to arrange a classroom environment to promote SE learning
  • Offer suggestions on implementing inclusivity during play time or modifying activities for those with special health needs
  • Offer guidance on communicating with families on policy and policy changes
  • Aid in creating individualized Health policies, nutrition policies, behavior guidance policies, cleaning policies, etc.
  • Help in creating safety checklists for various areas
  • Provide support for implementing transitional activities and classroom management techniques
  • Assist in mentoring, training, and supporting staff members
  • Discuss and encourage community engagements
School-Age
  • Help in successful summer and back to school transitions.
    Aid in creating age-appropriate curriculum, including STEM, youth leadership and community engagement.
  • Offer best practice strategies for Field Trip and Transportation Safety policies, including emergency preparedness.
  • Assist in development of successful arrival and departure procedures.
  • Serve as a resource and connection to additional School-Age services, including peer networking.
  • Assist in development of illness mitigation strategies to minimize spread between B&A program and school districts.
  • Help in creating character building tip, tricks, and strategies.
  • Offer guidance on communicating and sharing family resources.
    Share strategies in building a cohesive, high-quality team.
“[The consultants] cover a lot of different areas. It makes you think and take a second look at things… You get connected with other people to see what they're doing throughout the state of Kansas.”
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Kim Vanderfohe
Butterfly Funhouse Child Care, Mound Valley

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Child Care Health Consultation Network?

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

Who Can Participate?

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.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nothing. The service is completely free.
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.

How Much Time Will It Take?

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.

Who Are The Child Care Health Consultants?

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.

How Can The Network Improve My Business?

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.

Are Consulting Services Available In Another Language?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

At an initial meeting with your Child Health Care Consultant to chat about your needs, tell us what you’re looking for. Ideas include:

  • Advice on specific topics
  • Answers to difficult questions
  • Health, safety, and wellness counseling
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Monthly check-in calls
  • Innovative ideas that align with best practices
  • Support reaching goals large and small
  • A formal plan for a long-term project

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

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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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.

Your Child
Care Health
Consultant Is
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Partner, Advisor,
and Coach.

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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