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.
The NC Child Care Health Consultant Association’s annual conference will be held September 27-28th at the Greensboro Marriott Airport Hotel. We look forward to seeing everyone in person and having time to “recharge and reconnect.” Mark your calendars! More details to come!
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.
The Child Care Commission and their relationship with the child care rules were explained in detail, and a special emphasis was made on the important role of the voices of Child Care Health Consultants to the rule making process during public hearing and public comment. They continued with a discussion of the temporary rules put in place in September 2016 to meet CCDF requirements and the relationship to the permanent rules which will be put into place spring 2017. The tentative date for the public hearing of rules is May 8, 2017. The Resource Center will send a notification to all CCHCs when the permanent rules are published (in April) and details about the process of public comment and public hearing.
They also introduced DCDEE WORKS – a new Workforce Online Reporting and Knowledge System which will function as a single portal of entry for workforce education and professional development to collect, report, and track child care workforce information needed to support education requirements.