Child Care Health Consultation
Kentucky Child Care Health Consultation, for a Healthy Start in Child Care, is part of the KIDS NOW Initiative. The program provides consultation and technical assistance on health, safety and nutrition for children ages 0-5 to child care providers. Trained Child Care Health Consultants from local health departments participate in joint activities with Child Care Aware and the STARS for KIDS NOW program in their areas to ensure collaboration and coordination on issues impacting the quality of child care.
The Child Care Health Consultants, which include Registered Nurses and Health Educators, consult with child care providers and their families via telephone, email or on-site to promote healthy, safe and nurturing environments for optimal child development.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health launched this website and a toll-free Child Care Health Consultation Helpline, staffed by Child Care Health Consultant Technical Assistants at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The Helpline (877) 281-5277 was established to assist child care providers and other child care consultants across the state and provides free technical assistance to child care centers, including answering questions and providing information about health, safety and nutrition for children.