The Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) is responsible for providing a variety of professional services to promote and improve the quality of health services delivered to children enrolled in PHLpreK. This position is responsible for supporting PHLpreK providers through intensive technical assistance and professional development to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for children. The Child Care Health Consultant promotes the health and safety of children, families, and professionals, as well providing resources and supports for children with special health care needs. CCHC works closely with PHLpreK Quality Assurance Specialists and Family Navigator to implement best practices in health and safety. The CCHC reports to the Quality Assurance Coordinator.
* Provide support to PHLpreK child care providers in developing and implementing best practices in health and safety.
* Assist providers and parents/guardians in the management of children with special health care needs.
* Support providers in preventing infectious diseases among children, staff and families by developing or updating health policies and procedures.
* Review safe medication administration practices and special health care procedures with providers and offer training as needed.
* Provide on-site classroom consultation assessing the needs related to health, safety and nutritional practices identified in the environmental rating scales (ECERS and FCCERS).
* Link children, families and child care providers with community health agencies and resources (including dental, vision and hearing).
* Develop and deliver health and safety professional development to PHLpreK providers, aligning trainings with Keystone STARS standards as indicated.
* Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of Quality Assurance Specialists, Technical Assistance Consultants, Family Navigator, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, Nutrition Consultants and the Philadelphia Health Department.
* Enter and review child care health related data in Childware identify trends and submit reports and requested by MOE and PHLpreK leadership.
* Maintain current knowledge of health and safety resources, ongoing pediatric medical expertise, and continuing education updates.
* Abide by the Consultant Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment for NAEYC.
* Participate in local and state meeting regarding the issues of child care health.
* Engage in ongoing professional development that supports continuous quality improvement, relevant translation of research to practice, and knowledge of child care health practices.
* All other duties as assigned.
* Knowledge of evidence-based strategies for child care health and prevention, strengths-based practices, community resources, and family systems.
* Demonstrated ability to work in school or classroom settings.
* Demonstration of ability to work collaboratively and in the community.
* Knowledge of state child care regulations and the Keystone STARS Performance Standards.
* Knowledge of pediatric health care and child development.
* Knowledge of community, state and national resources related to pediatric health, particularly in group settings.
* Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse populations.
* Ability to build trusting, effective working relationships with providers and families.
* Ability to travel locally, regionally, and statewide as needed.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills, competent interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills.
* A minimum of 3 year of experience working in a child care facility or a similar public health setting.
* Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Public Health, Community Health, Health Education, or related degree required.
* Commensurate with education and experience.
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.