Alicia Tanner is a public health nurse with an extensive background as an early childhood education (ECE) professional. Prior to the onset of her nursing career, she worked at a facility that offered exceptional educational programs for children from 6 weeks to 6 years. While in nursing school, Alicia gained appreciation for the preventive principles behind public health nursing. As a former county Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC), she was responsible and managed all related aspects on the development and implementation of training for local early childhood educators. Often these educational opportunities were done in collaboration with the local health department, partners and agencies. Her aggregated experience in the fields of early childhood education, nursing, and public health focuses on training and technical assistance for ECE professionals on practices that will improve the health and safety of young children in early childhood education programs.
Alicia works with a team of Child Care Health Consultants providing services to ECE professionals, health care professionals, and families to ensure optimal health and safety for young children in early childhood education and child care programs. She and her colleagues provide services to programs across the state in multiple counties without a local CCHC in order to expand coverage and meet children’s needs. Her focus is not only technical assistance, but also advocacy for young children by actively serving on and coordinating with local, regional, and statewide committees that support healthy growth and development of children.