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Healthy Child Care Colorado

Healthy Child Care Colorado is part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that early childhood programs and health professionals adhere to the highest health, safety, and wellness standards. As an initiative of Qualistar, we partner to improve the everyday practice of professionals and build safe, supportive environments.
We are supported through local, state, and national partnerships to promote and support health, safety, and wellness best practices for early childhood settings in four priority areas:

We promote health, safety, and wellness in early childhood settings in three ways:


Serve as a statewide hub for Child Care Health Consultants by offering on-going support, training, and resources


Develop and deliver professional development experiences for early childhood professionals


Advocate for high quality health, safety, and wellness policies and practices in Colorado

Child Care Health Consultants

Since 2001, Healthy Child Care Colorado has served as the statewide hub for Child Care Health Consultants in Colorado, providing ongoing support, training, and resources for those medical professionals serving children in early childhood settings.

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Questions & Resources

The Healthy Child Care Colorado team can help answer your questions related to health, safety, and wellness in early childhood education settings.

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Advocacy, Training, & Engagement:

Our impact on policy and practice

The Healthy Child Care Colorado Partnership is a coalition of stakeholders who come together as a learning community and collective voice for the health, safety, and wellness of children in early childhood settings in Colorado.

We are cross-sector collaborative of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, institutes of high education, businesses, clinical representatives and child care health consultants who work together to promote best practices and policies. We identify policy priorities, offer expert opinions to regulators, and advocate to ensure effective, research-based policies are created and implemented. The Partnership has played a leading role in updating the child care licensing and sanitation regulations, creating medication administration training specific to early childhood environments, offering input for infant safe sleep policies, and supporting the implementation of new policies.

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About Healthy Child Care Colorado


Healthy Child Care Colorado arose out of the Healthy Child Care America initiative that began in the 1990s with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the American Public Health Association. These partners recognized the potential to positively impact the health and safety of children in early childhood settings throughout the country.

Colorado stakeholders recognized the importance of collaboration, so the Colorado Children’s Hospital, the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Qualistar worked together to build Healthy Child Care Colorado. The founding organizations serve on the Healthy Child Care Colorado Steering Committee along with new partners.

Emily Wengrovius, Colorado Dept. of Human Services/Office of Early Childhood
Jennifer Dellaport, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment/Early Childhood Obesity Prevention
Chris Perreault, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Sarah Barnes, Colorado Children’s Campaign
Sarah Davidon, University of Colorado Denver

Collaborative Partnerships

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Advisory Committee
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Early Childhood Colorado Partnership’s Policy Action Team
Office of Early Childhood
Essentials for Childhood’s Social-Emotional Work Group
Infant Safe Sleep Partnership
Physical Activity in Early Childhood Work Group
Early Childhood Councils
Cavities Get Around Public Will-Building Campaign
Local Public Health Agencies
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Advisory Committee
Cooking Matters
Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
CCHCs of Colorado
Child Care Resource & Referral
Child Care Aware of America
Colorado Association of School Nurses
Culture of Wellness in Preschools
National Center on Early Childhood Health & Wellness
Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Infrastructure Committee

2017 Annual Celebration

Click here to view the program from the Healthy Child Care Colorado 2017 Annual Celebration. Learn about our accomplishments from the past year and our Champions in the categories of Wellness, Collaborative Leadership, Advocacy & Research, and Oral Health