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