The Healthy Child Care America (HCCA) program is coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Early Education and Child Care Initiatives (the Section on Early Education and Child Care) , and is partly funded by the Office of Child Care (OCC), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, US Department of Health & Human Services.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being
for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The HCCA program is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. This includes increasing access to preventive health services, safe physical environments, and a medical home for all children. The program also strives to increase pediatrician participation and effectiveness in providing high-quality care and promoting early education and children's health and well-being.
- To promote the healthy development and school readiness of children in early education and child care by strengthening partnerships between health and child care professionals.
- To provide information and support necessary to strengthen children’s access to health services.
- To promote the cognitive, social and physical development of children in early education and child care.
- To provide technical assistance regarding health and safety for health professionals and the early childhood community.
- To enhance the quality of early education and child care with health and safety resources.
- To support the needs of health professionals interested in promoting healthy and safe early education and child care programs.
HCCA is the product of a shared vision between Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Child Care (OCC). That vision was to forge strong linkages between health and child care professionals in order to support the health and safety of children in child care settings. The HCCA campaign was launched in 1995 when more than 180 health and child care agencies, organizations, advocates, and parents were asked to assist the MCHB and OCC in developing the campaign’s “Blueprint for Action.” The blueprint provided communities with 5 goals and suggested 10 action steps they could take to pursue those goals. The AAP Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care was instrumental in the development of the HCCA program.
The HCCA campaign became a true private-public partnership when the AAP was designated the HCCA campaign coordinator in 1996. The HCCA campaign continues to be funded through the Child Care and Healthy Partnership grant (Grant #U46MC04436) from the OCC and MCHB.
Telling the Healthy Child Care America Story
An 8-page publication that highlights some of the many accomplishments of the program.
Blueprint for Action (Original)
10 action steps states and communities can pursue to strengthen partnerships between health and child care.
Blueprint for Action (2001)
A revised document that references the coordination of the HCCA campaign by the AAP and introduces the Medical Home concept and relevant efforts.
Section on Early Education and Child Care
This site is also the official Web site for the Section on Early Education and Child Care (SOEECC). In July 2008, the SOEECC became a permanent AAP section. The Section provides a forum for pediatricians and others interested in promoting the optimal development, health, and safety of children in child care.
Our National Partners
To promote the health and safety of children in child care, the AAP works in partnership with a variety of other organizations. If you have a question, you can contact the AAP, or the appropriate partner group listed here.