Whole Child Initiative


The child care health consultation is a Whole Child Initiative (WCI) within a Community- Informed Model category with comprehensive socio-cultural practices as its base and will leverage best practices developed through a pilot project called Partners in Community Health Project. PCHP provides culturally relevant information for the Somali community on physical activity and nutrition.

The Child Care Health Consultation program called Whole Child Initiative (WCI) integrates an interdisciplinary approach to creating an impactful engine for social changes and draws on three core competencies: cultural understanding, public health expertise and childcare system knowledge. WCI program is a cohort-based service model, provides outreach, trainings and consultation/technical assistance to many Somali Licensed Family Home Childcare providers. Our program’s aim is to work on bridging the gaps between the early learning and child’s health so that children meet their full potential. WCI program works with providers to advance standards by using a community informed model.

The team includes:

Safiya Hersi-Dhooye – Program Manager.

1 FTE, Operations Managers


Six Consultants