Dr. Charlotte M. Hendricks, president and founder of ChildHealthOnline, LLC, has promoted health education for young children, families, and teachers for over 40 years. Her expertise in child health and safety, parent education, and disaster/emergency preparedness is respected nationally and validated through published books, peer-reviewed articles, and national presentations. Current and recent clients include Child Care Aware of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Head Start Association, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and Head Start programs.
In 1980 she pioneered evaluation research and curriculum development in preschool health education. Since then, she has held positions in academia, Head Start, and national research projects, and was Project Director for one of 10 National Centers of Excellence in Early Childhood. Her high-energy training programs for early education programs and at state and national conferences offer practical and cost-effective solutions to issues facing teachers and the families they serve. She also provides consultation on administrative and leadership topics such as meeting quality criteria, policy and procedures manuals, effective communication and staff training, community assessment, and preparing for program review.
Dr. Hendricks has developed resources for the National Association for Education of Young Children, The National Head Start Association, the American School Health Association, National Fire Protection Association, and other agencies and organizations. As Curriculum Specialist for the Alabama Department of Public Health, she developed six training modules for infant/toddler caregivers. She collaborated with WestEd and the California Department of Education as lead writer for the health domain chapter in the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2 and expert advisor on the foundations and health measures. She served as Editor of Healthy CHILDCare magazine for 16 years, and has authored numerous articles for professional journals.
Dr. Hendricks utilizes humor, visuals, and hands-on activities to train participants. Resources such as HIP on Health® provide parents and teachers with practical information and ways to promote children's health and development while keeping them safe from injury. Her latest publications, Disaster Planning and Preparedness and Medical Emergencies in Early Childhood and School-Age Settings, present essential information in an easy-to-follow format. Growing, Growing Strong: A Whole Health Curriculum for Young Children is in its third edition and has expanded to a series of five books.