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Child Health Connection provides Child Care Health Consulting (also known as Nurse Consulting) services to all Child Care organizations.

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Newsletter – January 2023

Happy New Year!

I think we can all appreciate some good news as we ring in 2023. We recently heard from the Director at Children’s Hospital that RSV numbers have probably peaked. If this is true, you’ll be seeing less RSV as the weeks go on. We are still seeing illnesses typical for this time of year. Our best advice is to strictly follow your illness policy and continue your excellent cleaning and sanitizing regimen. If there is anything your CCHC can do to help, just let us know.

We appreciate the feedback from those of you who completed the survey. Your responses will be very useful to guide our goals for 2023. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any feedback you have for us. Our goal is to provide you with reliable, quality services so you can keep up the great work you do for the children in your care.

In this newsletter, we have included a few things you can share with your families. One is an insightful book by Dr. Weissbluths who shares his approach to solving and preventing children’s sleep problems. The second is important immunization information that you can share with your families. We also have information in the Parents Corner regarding developmental milestones for preterm babies.

Happy 2023 everyone! May this new year bring health and prosperity to you and your communities. As always, we are so grateful to work with you.

Yours in health,




What We are Seeing

We are pleased to share some positive news from Dr. Kevin Carney, the Director at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Carney said, “I believe the state has probably peaked in terms of RSV numbers.” He continued saying “RSV cases are still high but that the speed at which they were increasing has slowed down.”

Full Article Here

We still continue to see cases of Covid-19, influenza and RSV at centers. Please continue to encourage families to keep sick children at home and follow your local health department guidelines.



Important Reminder!
School and Child Care Immunization Data Report

The annual school and child care immunization data (SCCID) report is due January 15th. The following are helpful links to the CDPHE Immunization page where you would complete the report along with a step-by-step guide to register and report your centers immunization data:



Immunization Parent Letter

Getting vaccinated is an important part of a child’s school readiness for the upcoming school year. CDPHE has posted the 2023-24 parent letter on their website to distribute to your families by February 15th. Schools must include their Measles, Mumps, & Rubella immunization and exemption rates from the most recently completed school year (2021-22) in this letter. Schools may choose to also include immunization and exemption rates for other school-required vaccines.

Please share the following immunization parent letter with your families so they are aware of the state requirements for children to be vaccinated for the following:
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV13 or PCV15)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)



Helping Children Develop Good Sleep Patterns

Many parents and childcare educators struggle with helping a child develop healthy sleep habits. Rest is vital to a child’s health, growth, and development. Dr. Marc Weissbluth, one of the country’s leading pediatricians shares his approach to solving and preventing children’s sleep problems from infancy through adolescence. His book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines the following proven strategies and the latest research on healthy sleep for every age:
  • Best course of action for sleep problems: prevention and treatment
  • Common mistakes parents make trying to get their children to sleep
  • Different sleep needs for different temperaments
  • Stopping the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
  • Ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to their internal clock—naturally
  • Handling nap-resistant kids and when to start sleep-training
  • Why both night sleep and day sleep are important
  • Obstacles for working moms and children with sleep issues
  • The father’s role in comforting children
  • How early sleep troubles can lead to later problems



Training Corner

Now Offering CPR & First Aid!
Child Health Connection is now offering CPR & First Aid training! It is a blended learning format, which involves an online course taken before the training date, and then a hands-on training session scheduled at your convenience. The cost of the training is $65 per student, with a 3 student minimum, or $195 minimum. Please use the link below to request a training and someone from our team will contact you. We look forward to working with you in this new role!
Why did the banana go to the doctor?
Because he wasn’t “peeling” well
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Developmental Milestones for Preemies
Babies develop at their own speed and in their own way. However​, parents of preemies will need to adjust their baby’s age to get a true sense of where their baby should be in their development. For a preterm baby, it is important to use the baby’s adjusted age when tracking development until 2 years of age so that their growth and progress take into account that they were born early. The following AAP article shares how to calculate your baby’s adjusted age and developmental milestones for ages 1 month to 6 years:

CCHC Recognition

We are so proud of our team of nurses and administrative staff at Child Health Connection (CHC) who make it possible to provide quality services to your program. This month we would like to recognize one of our nurse consultants and the Director of Health Services, Christine Ernst, for her many years of experience and service to the early childhood community.
Meet Christine!
Christine has enjoyed working as a CCHC over the past several years to help improve the health and safety of children in Colorado. In addition, she appreciates the opportunity to provide support and resources to our nurses at CHC in her administrative role.“One of my favorite parts of the job is my time at the centers doing consultations. I am so impressed with the commitment, concern and care early childhood staff provide for the children.” ~Chrissie
Now offering CPR & First Aid with AED Training!