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The Child Care health program offers health promotion and education for licensed child care providers. Consultations, resource referral and education are provided by a Public Health Nurse and/or Registered Dietitian.



Our mission: To improve health and safety of all children in child care settings.



Consultations May Include:


                     Review and help revise health and safety policies for child care centers.

                     Review and monitor Health Care Plans.

                     Assess center for compliance with health and safety regulations.

                     Description: MPj04394410000[1]Assess and recommend infant care practices as needed.

                     Review immunization records.

                     Consult with staff regarding health concerns.

                     Development of care plans for individual children as needed.

                     Monitor illness and accident logs.

                     Coordinate Nutritionist consultation and menu review.


For more information about consultations for your childcare please contact:

Nancy Tarara (509) 460-4227 or Karen Weidert (509) 460-4219


We Provide Education and Training:


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Licensed Childcare providers need 10 hours of Continuing Education annually. The Childcare Health Team at Benton Franklin Health District can provide those trainings for you.






  • 20-Hour Basic Training


Within 6 months of being licensed or hired, all family child care providers, child care and school-age center directors, program supervisors, lead teachers, and site coordinators are required to meet the 20-hour basic training requirement through the following options:


  1. The 20-Hour Course: The course meets specific learning outcomes in child growth and development, child guidance, and health and safety and is based on An Adult-Sized Guide to Child-Sized Environments. For more information on this class contact Columbia Basin College.


  1. For information on applications or exceptions contact STARS @ 1-800-727-3107


  1. Catholic Family and Child Services Child Care Resource and Referral @ 1-866-725-6145




For more information on upcoming conferences for Child Care Providers


For providers of school age children, contact Samantha Burns


For providers of children of all ages, contact Suzanne Suyama



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Benton Franklin Health District
7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick WA
(509) 460 4200
412 W Clark
Pasco WA
(509) 547-9737

Emergency Contact Information

Personal Emergency for Medical, Police, Fire, or Other: 911
Washington Poison Center: 1 (800) 222-1222 (www.wapc.org)
Washington Community Resource Information: 211 (www.win211.org)
BFHD Public Health Emergency/Imminent Health Hazard After-Hours Reporting: 509-543-3851
The public can reference BFHD policies available in Kennewick office.
BFHD Privacy Statement:English / Spanish
Copies of the annual report available at all BFHD offices.
State and County Resources
Rules and Regulations Administered by or Governing the Benton-Franklin Health District
WAC's - RCW's
Community Health Status Indicators
Reportable Conditions
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