Professor, Chair of Division of Informatics, Health Systems and Leadership (IHSL)
Program Director; Nursing Leadership: Pediatric Special Needs
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
Dr. Krajicek, a nationally known nurse educator in interdisciplinary education for care of children with disabilities and chronic conditions, is developer of the First Start training program, a 45-hour curriculum to prepare care providers for inclusion of children with special needs in child care and preschool programs. Currently, First Start is published in the Handbook for the Care of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions. Dr. Krajicek directs two Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funded programs: (1) Nursing Leadership: Pediatric Special Needs, which provides graduate leadership education for advanced-practice nurses working with populations of children with special needs and their families; (2) the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care & Early Education (NRC), which maintains a leading website and is co-publisher of the second edition of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and MCHB (2002). In 2003, NRC produced the 2nd edition of Stepping Stones to Using Caring For Our Children, developed to identify standards most necessary to prevent disease and, in 2006, Healthy Kids, Healthy Care, promoting parents as partners in assuring healthy child care. Dr. Krajicek’s dedication to interdisciplinary education to support children’s health has brought numerous honors. In 2006, she received a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) as co-editor of the book, Nursing Excellence for Children and Families.