In 2004, I applied for a position as a Health Care Consultant at a not-for-profit company. As the interview came to a close, they asked if I had any questions. I asked what type of duties I would be expected to accomplish. The CEO answered: “We don’t know.”
I asked: “What could I expect to do on a day to day basis?” The CEO answered: “We don’t know.”
I asked: “Is there anyone who can tell me more about this position?” The CEO answered: “It is going to be your job to figure that out.”
So when they offered me the position, I of course accepted.
Little did I know that accepting a position that I would be expected to create would not be the biggest challenge that I would face. I came into the position with a number of preconceived notions:
1) I already knew pretty much everything I would need to know for this part-time job.
2) New York State child day care licensing regulations would be clear and easy to follow.
3) There would be resources and training available for this new position.
My preconceived notions were soon proved wrong. Still, much was learned during the process. Sharing those lessons can help usher in a future for New York State where Child Care Health Consultants play a critical role in promoting health and quality in early care and education settings.
It is organized by the modality of child care and adheres closely to the Health and Infection Control regulations. A few areas, specifically the exclusion criteria and the appendices, include information from expert resources and Caring for Our Children.
These are documents intermittently published by OCFS to clarify existing regulations, address questions frequently asked by care providers, or clarify state and federal requirements to which child care programs are subject.
OCFS sends information directly to the child care community in the form of letters. They can address a timely issue, inform the community of a policy change, etc.
Lastly, seeking clarification directly from a child daycare licensor or their supervisor at the Regional OCFS office, or the registrar or their manager that may work for your local CCR&R, is an excellent way to gain an understanding of the intent of the child day care regulations.