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Outcomes of Child Care Health Consultation Services for Child Care Providers in New Jersey
Jane Cerruti Dellert, Denise Gasalberti, Kathleen Sternas, Patricia Lucarelli, and Judith Hall
This study focused on evaluation of outcomes of child care health consultation services delivered to child care providers in New Jersey. Child care centers and providers of family day care who had received child care health consultation services in New Jersey participated in the study. Sixty child care health consultation service recipients from 19 of the 21 counties in the state responded to the Child Care Health Consultation Questionnaire. Positive findings were statistically significant correlations between usefulness of services, satisfaction with services, changes at the child care site, and improvement in staff caregiving. Regression analysis indicated perceived usefulness of child care health consultation services contributes most to child care center changes (R2 = .40, p < .001) and improvement in staff caregiving (R2 = .40, p < .001). Implications for nursing are tailoring services to child care community needs, following up to evaluate quality and outcomes of services, improving marketing of child care health consultation services, and creating a statewide database of quality indicators that can be used for strategic planning.