Department of Health

Dept of Health LogoWithin the Virginia Department of Health, the Early Childhood program works to promote the health of children from birth to approximately 8 years of age. Core services include:

  • Identifying and disseminating effective resources/tools/best practices to early childhood providers on prioritized health topics
  • Providing technical assistance to early childhood providers and the public
  • Representing the Virginia Department of Health on interagency committees and  work groups
  • Collaborating with early childhood stakeholders to monitor the quality of health services provided to young children in child care settings.

The Early Childhood program encompasses the following initiatives:

Healthy Child Care Virginia (HCCV), which delivers health and safety education to child care providers in order to improve the quality of child care programs in Virginia by:

  • Conducting child care health consultant (CCHC) trainings around the state
  • Distributing pertinent, accurate, reliable health information to child care professionals.
  • Developing training and tool kits for consultant use in the field on a wide variety of health and safety topics.
  • Health consultation/technical assistance advisor to Medication Administrator Training program provided through the Department of Social Services and subcontracted to Medical Home Plus.
  • Providing technical assistance and consultation on health and safety issues related to out-of-home care.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Services (ECCS), which supports Virginia’s strategic plan for early childhood by:

  • Collecting and disseminating data regarding early childhood issues
  • Supporting early childhood mental wellness through education, training, and technical assistance

The Early Childhood program serves approximately 635,000 children ages 0-5, including approximately 365,000 children enrolled in child care.  There are approximately 11,000 child care workers in Virginia, working in 3,600 child care centers.