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  Please contact us by email at chendricks@childhealthonline.org.  We try to answer all our emails within 24 hours.  If you do not get a response by the next business day, please contact us again!
 
Welcome to ChildHealthOnline.  We promote child and family  health, safety, and well-being by developing top quality professional and training and resource materials for Head Start, early childhood programs, schools, and agencies serving children and families.

Services offered by ChildHealthOnline, LLC include the following:
  • Provide expertise related to child health and safety in both home and early childhood settings
  • Develop disaster preparedness plans for early childhood settings
  • Develop and present training for staff, clients, and families
  • Write/edit content for informational resources such as newsletters, brochures, and websites
  • Assist with quality assurance and recognition activities
  • Assist in designing, writing, and interpreting community assessments
  • Review and design policy and procedures manuals
Disaster Planning and Preparedness

A disaster or emergency event can affect programs anywhere, anytime, and without warning.  Are you prepared to respond and keep child and staff safe?

There is no "one size fits all" when preparing for a disaster event.  Early childhood settings have unique needs and challenges, and the actions required to protect, move, and care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers may be very different from actions practiced in other settings.  Early childhood programs should have written disaster plans that identify the risk and the response to various situations that could occur in their communities.  This plan also describes the response and actions in the event of a disaster.

We can provide communication and training to help your program be prepared to respond.
  • Identify and assess the risk
  • Respond to the situation:  fire and explosion, tornado, flood, earthquake, intruder and violence, chemical and environmental hazard, extended shelter, transportation event
  • Plan and prepare:  develop a written plan, collaborate with first responders, designate staff roles and responsibilities
  • Check facility warning systems, exits, and locks
  • Review transportation plan, including emergency situations
  • Protect and access documents and records, establish communication
  • Review steps for recovery
Training

Let us help you train staff, volunteers, and parents!

We provide training and consultation on a variety of topics - preservice, full-day, and two-day workshops are available.  We can also provide consultation and resources so YOU can continue to provide effective and fun in-house training.

Training needs for teachers and caregivers vary according to the age of children in their care, type of early childhood setting (center- or home-based), and experience of the teacher or caregiver.  Some training topics, such as sanitation, are presented every year.  Let us "train the trainers" to help you provide a new twist to repeat topics.

Training content is expert-reviewed and addresses national standards, including Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed (CFOC3) and Head Start Program Performance Standards, Training events include learning outcomes, PowerPoint slides with appealing graphics, hands-on activities and demonstrations, handouts, and evaluations.

Choose from topics such as these, or let us develop something new just for your program!

Disaster Preparedness:  Let us train caregivers and teachers on appropriate responses to emergency situations, such as fire, flooding, weather events, lockdown, and environmental hazards.  We consult with and train management staff to review and design a current disaster preparedness plan that includes partnership with first responders, communication systems, and document protection.

Injury Prevention:  Tailor you injury prevention plan to the environment, ages of children served, and types of activities.  Include indoor safety (both home- and center-based), playground safety, field trips, transportation, sun safety, poisoning prevention, toy safety, and more.

Physical Development and Activity:  Appropriate physical activity and movement throughout the day is essential for growth and motor development.  The early childhood environment is a safe place to explore, run, and have fun!  Rest and relaxation are equally important for your children.  Recognize typical physical and motor development by ages and stages, and offer engaging activities to promote optimal development.  Encourage families to play and be active with their children!

Nutrition, Food Safety, and Healthier Eating Habits:  Healthier eating habits begin at birth -- babies cry when they are hungry.  Learn about nutrition, food safety, and eating habits of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Use appropriate activities to promote food exploration and tasting, even among picky eaters.

Sanitation, Disease Prevention, and Standard Precautions:  Germs are spread through the air, on objects, by direct contact, and even by insects and animals.  Look beyond the mechanics of hand washing.  Discuss safe effective cleaning methods, reducing allergens, standard precautions, and children's routines.

Preventive Health Services and Medical Home:  Immunization, well-child checkups, tooth brushing, and handwashing are preventive health care practices.  Help both staff and parents recognize signs and symptoms of diseases, practice health care basics such as taking temperature, and discuss when and how to connect with their doctor or other medical provider.  Discuss the right way to administer medications, and what to do if a side effect or reaction occurs.  Provide parents with current and accurate information with HiP on Health.

Social and Emotional Development:  Every infant, toddler, and preschooler is unique and responds to people and the environment in his or her own way.  Some children seem to "go with the flow" throughout the day, while other children react intensely to situations.  Identify the typical ages and stages of child development, and find ways to promote optimal social and emotional development for each child.

Adult Health and Wellness:  Staff and parents have many responsibilities - caring for children, working, and family responsibilities.  Adults can better care for children if they also take care of themselves.  Give them simple tools to help combat physical, emotional, and compassion fatigue.  Stress management addresses both physical and emotional issues.  Help adults recognize the importance of and ways to address nutrition, physical activity, and weight management.  Explore ways to incorporate stress management techniques through each day.  Learn to communicate effectively with medical professionals and to evaluate online information.
 

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) helps early childhood programs provide optimum quality care for young children.  Examples of QA activities include:

  • Meeting mandatory and voluntary standards
  • Identifying programs strengths and areas that need improvement
  • Developing, implementing, evaluating, and reporting on innovative projects
  • Engaging stakeholders, including families, in resource development and problem solving
  • Providing appropriate support, resources, and training
  • Clearly stating expectations through policy and procedure

National resources, such as Caring For Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards, 3rd Edition (CFOC3) provide guidance and recommendations that meet or exceed state and national standards and criteria.  We can help program identify and design QA activities based on CFOC3 and other recommendations.

 

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