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Child Care Health Nurse Consultant

Cindy Trogdon, Child Care Health Nurse, Randolph County Health Department, 336-318-6164, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

One  registered nurse provides training to child care providers regarding sanitation, wellness, and safety issues in the child care setting, and educate parents regarding the importance of regular well-child visits. The nurses visit every child care center four times a year and family day care homes twice a year. The nurses conduct immunization assessments, and developmental, vision, and hearing screenings in child care centers and family child care homes. .A new area of focus wil be each site will become a tobacco free campus. 


Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP-SACC)

Cindy Trogdon, Child Care Health Nurse, Randolph County Health Department, 336-318-6164, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NAP-SACC is an intervention in child care centers aimed at improving the environments, policies and practices of nutrition and physical activity through self-assessment and technical assistance targeting young children ages two to five. Our Child Care Health Consultant with the Randolph County Health Department work with child care center directors to improve nutritional quality of food served, amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and center nutrition and physical activity policy.


Successful Kids

The children with special needs task force has initiated a program called Successful Kids, designed to link preschool children, families, child care providers, primary care providers, and the mental health community to existing resources to address the social emotional development needs of young children. The Successful Kids Program consists of four levels, with each level having a different focus to promote social and emotional development in children. The levels range from a more broad approach with Level l which focuses on classroom environments to a more narrow individualized approach with Level IV.


Outdoor Learning - Improving Outdoor Learning Environments at Randolph County Child Care Centers

Andee Edelson, Child Care Services Program Coordinator, Partnership for Children, 336-629-2128, ext. 30, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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img_0793Improving natural outdoor learning environments is a key focus of the Partnership’s work with Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina's Shape NC Initiative. Working with NC State's Natural Learning Initiative, Randolph has blazed a path for other counties to follow. The design of outdoor learning areas is evidence-based, a concept that has emerged over the last decade, and promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, creating a foundation for healthy development. Outdoor environments are designed to increase children’s level of physical activity, their time spent outdoors, and their awareness of vegetables, fruit and healthy foods.

According to research studies, children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, so it’s no wonder the percentage of preschool children who are overweight has more than tripled in recent years. Encouraging children to get outside, get moving, and connect with the natural world are all ways the Partnership is working to reverse this trend.

Through funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, the Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation and other funders, the Partnership is working to guide the transformation of outdoor environments at 28 child care centers, pre-k sites, and church based pre-schools across the county. Through a series of interactive meetings, parents, children, and staff work to develop and design the components of the outdoor learning area. Ideas are then mapped and from this a design is developed incorporating all of the elements.The partnership provides regional techical asstinace for the NLI Initiative and Shepherd Way's Day School, a five star center, serves as the regional demonstration site.

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