The Child Care Health Consultant Program provides on-site health, safety, and nutrition consultation in child care facilities. Registered nurses develop and implement health, safety, and nutrition improvement plans for children who are identified as having developmental concerns/delays or health care needs.
STORY OF IMPACT
CCHC Makes it Possible for Arjun to Attend School and His Mother to Maintain Employment
Most parents take it for granted that their child will easily be accepted into a child care program. What if a child has health concerns that might appear challenging to the staff at a center? This story of impact shares what Arjun’s mother faced, a single parent who contacted the Child Development Services Agency (CDSA) in urgent need of care for her 22-month-old son. As a result of a premature birth, Arjun is dependent on a gastro feeding tube housed in a small backpack and had other health concerns. His mother had struggled to find dependable care.
CDSA contacted Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC), who quickly responded. Within a week, a Registered Nurse from CCHC found a child care program and worked with staff and Arjun’s mother on his care transition. The mother and the CCHC nurse trained those caring for Arjun how to manage his specific needs.
Soon Arjun could sit with his peers at lunch, play briefly outside without his specialized backpack, and was enjoying the type of group learning experiences that will help prepare him for kindergarten. Surrounded by support, a successful transition was possible.
Want to learn more about this program? Please contact Wake County Human Services at (919) 212-7572.
The Child Care Health Consultant Program is funded by Wake County SmartStart and is managed by Wake County Human Services. Wake County Human Services, in partnership with the community, will facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents.
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