- 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.