WNC Regional Early Care & Education Summit

The inaugural event was held Monday, October 17, 2022 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus

The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) requires a certain number of training hours per year based on facility license as well as staff education and experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult or educators to obtain these required hours.

CCHC Cassie Rogers, CCHC Megan Cagle with Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Travis Monteith


Child Care Health Consultants and Association members Meagan Cagle (Jackson & Swain Counties) and Cassie Rogers (Haywood County), and Registered Environmental Health Specialist Travis Monteith from the Jackson County Department of Public Health saw the need for trainings for early educators in the region.

This event provided 164 early educators in Jackson, Haywood, Swain, Macon, Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties with eight free hours of professional development, and was sponsored by grant funds through the Jackson County Department of Public Health.

There were 13 speakers who generously donated their time and expertise, ensuring early educators in the region received professional development directly related to their field. Lunch and goodie bags were provided to participants as a small display of gratitude to early educators for providing nurturing and safe care to our region’s most vulnerable population, our children.

We love to share the amazing work CCHCs do! If you have something you would like to share, just contact us with some basic information.  A member of the website committee will then follow up with you.  It only takes a minute and the committee would love to hear from you and share our members accomplishments. 

2022 Annual CCHC Conference

The 2022 Annual CCHC Conference was a great success. Many CCHCs enjoyed connecting for the first time in person and reconnecting with old friends. We were able to celebrate recent graduates and learn the latest information from experts from DCDEE, Environmental Health, Equity Research Action Coalition, and the Division of Child and Family Well Being. Attendees were encouraged and uplifted by speakers. Thank you to all the CCHCs who attended for making the first in person conference in three years a success! View the selfies from the conference  

The Association would also like to congratulate our newly elected Vice-Chair, Sheena Butler and Treasurer, Farran Rhyne. Please reach out to any of the Association officers or contact us here if you would like to become involved with your association.

President Chrissy Wolfe welcomes attendees to the 2022 conference.

UNC Gillings School News

We are delighted to announce that the work of Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) across the state and the training and support that the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center provides to CCHCs were highlighted in a recent article in the UNC Gillings School News. The article features North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association members: Jacquie Simmons, MScPH and Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee Chair Cindy M. Smith, BSN, RN, CCHC-C. We invite you to visit the UNC Gillings School News website to read the article.

Public health in practice: The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center

Member Spotlight

The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association is a membership association of health professionals who provide an array of health, safety, nutrition and behavioral consultation services for early care and education programs.

Get to know our members!

Sherry Clark, RN, CCHC

Meet member Sherry Clark, RN, CCHC

Sherry received her Associate Degree from University of South Carolina, Florence Regional Extension in 1970. She began her nursing career at McLeod Hospital in 1970. Sherry has served her community as a Registered Nurse in many settings: Southwest Virginia Training Center, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and Beaufort County Home.

Sherry began her CCHC career at Beaufort County Health Department in 2005. In 2011, she joined Beaufort Hyde Partnership. In the spring of 2022, Sherry will officially begin her retirement and we would like to honor her contributions and years of service. 

What was your happiest experience as a CCHC? I have enjoyed not having to supervise anyone but me, flexible schedule, weekends and holidays off, and anytime (pre-COVID) I needed a “baby fix” I could visit a center at mealtime and help feed babies.

What message would you give current CCHCs? Remember, you are not alone. Reach out to your support system. Your coaches, fellow CCHCs, and co-workers are there for your support. They are more than willing to help answer questions, give you moral support, and listen to you vent if necessary.

Any future plans that you would like to share? I plan on frequent trips to my camper in Ocracoke, lots of yard work, porch swinging, and book reading.

The Association would like to thank Sherry for all her years of service and commitment and wish her a very Happy Retirement!

To see yourself or a colleague in the spotlight, just contact us with some basic information.  A member of the website committee will then follow up with you.  It only takes a minute and the committee would love to hear from you and share our members accomplishments. 

CCHC wins Public Health Staff Recognition Award!

Congratulations to Chatham Child Care Health Consultant, Dorothy Rawleigh! She received the Public Health Staff Recognition Award through the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s 2018 Child Health Recognition Awards program. The award was presented at the NC Public Health Association conference in December 2018. This award recognizes her work developing partnerships resulting in healthier food, higher immunization rates, and better emergency preparedness planning in child care facilities. Additionally, the Chatham County Public Health Department Immunization Program was recognized with a NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Award. Chatham County regularly ranks number one in the state in immunization rates among children ages 0 to 36 months. The Chatham County Health Department achieved this by blending policy changes, training, tracking, feedback gathering, and follow-up with child care facilities.

Nominate a Child Care Health Consultant for the NC CCHC Association Achievement Award today!

The NC CCHCA Achievement Award winner is announced and the award presented annually during the association’s  annual member meeting which takes place on the afternoon of the first day of the annual conference.  In 2018, this will occur on Wed. April 11th at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
The award was created in 2012 as a means to recognize the important work and achievements of CCHCs across NC. It was first presented in 2013 with Pam Sailors of Iredell county being  the first recipient. In 2014, the recipient was Marsha Williams from Richmond county, in 2015 Patty Rhodes from Orange County:

In 2016, Terri Walls from Craven county:

 And in 2017, Amy Petersen from Wake county:

To be eligible for nomination to receive this award, a CCHC must be:

  • qualified by completing the NC CCHC Training Course, 
  • a member of the association, and 
  • engaged in CCHC work during the entire previous year.

Nominations may be submitted by coworkers, supervisors, agencies funding CCHC positions, programs receiving CCHC services, or anyone who is familiar with a CCHC’s great work and would like her/him to be recognized. Multiple nominations for an individual are encouraged. To nominate a Child Care Health Consultant, download the nomination form here: http://1drv.ms/1sI1te0.
The selection panel is comprised of 3-4 impartial individuals who are well acquainted with the role of CCHCs in NC.  The voting process is kept confidential.  The difficult selection of the recipient is based on the merit of the submitted nominations’ contents.  

Pitt County CCHC’s participate in a healthy eating celebration!

Children at KinderCare on Red Banks in Pitt County had an opportunity to learn about My Plate, healthy eating and portion sizes. The child care center invited Kristey Coulter and Terry Quinn Child Care Health Consultants for Pitt County to assist in  their nutrition activity.

 The child care center provided a healthy snack to children and parents as they were leaving for the day. The CCHC’s gave out information leaflets from www.choosemyplate.gov/to the parents on healthy lifestyles.

www.mppfc.org/  and www.facebook.com/pittcountyhealthdepartment

CCHCs are keeping child passengers safe!

On June 7th-10th, Tonya Moss – CCHC in Catawba County – assisted in the facilitation of a Safe Kids Child Passenger Safety Technician Training in Lincoln county. 

Christine Rosinski – CCHC in Gaston County – participated in the training where she earned her Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification.  Shown here, Christine, Tonya and Juliana Whitaker – CCHC in Lincoln County – participated in a car seat check on June 10th in Lincolnton, NC.

The car seat check was open to the public and organized by Juliana.  The check was successful and allowed the participants of the week long technician training to put their skills to the test. 
For more information on becoming a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician, click here.

Success of NAP SACC means good health for nation’s children

Spring 2016 Carolina Public Health magazine.
Included in the Spring 2016 Carolina Public Health magazine is a photo of our very own child care health consultant (CCHC) Terri Walls as she plays on homemade drums with children at Ms. Jackie’s Place Family Child Care Home in Craven County, N.C.

The entire Spring 2016 Carolina Public Health magazine is posted at:http://sph.unc.edu/cphm/cph/.