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 2016, 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.  

Reach for the Stars! 2017 NC CCHCA Conference begins

The 2017 North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association Conference began Wednesday afternoon, March 8th, with an introduction to Dr. Tamar Ringel-Kulka, the new Project Director and Jacquie Simmons, the new Project Coordinator for the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center.

Dr. Tamar Ringel-Kulka
Jacquie Simmons

The conference continued with a session with updates and new initiatives from the Division of Child Development and Early Education, led by Lorie Peugh and Laura Hewitt.

Lorie Peugh

Initiatives presented were the Race to the Top / Early Learning Challenge Grant results, Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) requirements, and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultantion grant.

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 Рa 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.