Healthy Child Care Iowa is a program that was initiated as part of the National Healthy Child America Campaign supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  The program was created to improve the health and safety of children in child care settings through the support of a Child Care Nurse Consultant.

What does a child care nurse consultant do?

A Child Care Nurse Consultant provides guidance and technical assistance to child care providers regarding the health and safety of children in their care.  The Nurse Consultant schedules regular on-site consultation visits and supports providers in health and safety issues.  She assists in the development and implementation of written health policies, assists in linking children, families, and caregivers/teachers to community health resources including a medical home, immunizations, and health screenings. The nurse consultant assists caregivers/teachers with the inclusion of children with special health care needs, and works in collaboration with health professionals in creating health care plans for these individuals.  She is also available to assist child care programs in the event of a communicable disease outbreak.

Why does a child care program or preschool need a nurse consultant?

To assist with:

  • Preventing infectious diseases
  • Preventing injuries
  • Promoting health through:
    ...Written policies
    ...Food safety practices
    ...Sanitation practices
    ...Play equipment assessments
    ...Healthy record reviews
    ...Illness and injury records
    ...Education of staff and families


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Marion County Public Health Department
2003 N. Lincoln
Box 152
Knoxville, IA 50138
Phone: (641) 828-2238
Fax: (641) 842-3442

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