Keep Children Safe Using Active Supervision

Children learn best when they are in safe, well-supervised environments. Head Start staff can reduce the possibility of a child getting hurt when they closely observe children and respond when needed. When programs think systematically about child supervision they create safe, positive learning environments for all children.

Active Supervision

All Head Start educators are responsible for making sure that no child is left unsupervised. Active supervision is a strategy that works. It can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet explains what active supervision is and how to use it in your program.

Keeping Babies Safe: Active Supervision for Infants & Toddlers

Review strategies and materials specific to active supervision for infants and very young children. The 30-minute webinar includes a question and answer (Q&A) session. It is moderated by Angie Godfrey from the Office of Head Start and Laura Annunziata from the Early Head Start National Resource Center.

Active Supervision Webinar

Watch this webinar from the National Center on Health to explore the six active supervision strategies. Find out how they can transform child supervision in your Head Start or Early Head Start program. This webinar will provide staff with tips that can be used in classrooms, on playgrounds, and in family child care homes.

Leave No Child Unattended! Use Active Supervision to Keep Children Safe

Head Start staff are encouraged to watch this webinar about the importance of active supervision. It was part of a week of interactive webinars and online discussion around keeping children safe. Discover practical active supervision strategies for use in the classroom and at home.

A Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe

The goal of the Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe is to provide practical support to programs in complying with the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to child supervision. Daily webinars this week will highlight these resources and show how the materials can be used across the birth to 5 continuum.

Strategies from the Field: Active Supervision

Marco Beltran, Office of Head Start (OHS), shares how Region IX grantees—Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and Contra Costa—have implemented strategies around child supervision. See how these grantees use redundant systems to make sure all children are accounted for in the classroom and on the playground in this 30-minute webinar. Amanda Bryans, director of the Education and Comprehensive Services Division, OHS, also joins the webinar for a question and answer session.

Supervision near Water

Constant and active supervision should be maintained when any child is in or around water. During swimming and/or bathing where an infant or toddler is present, the ratio should always be one adult to one infant/toddler. During wading and/or water play activities, the supervising adult should be within an arm’s length providing “touch supervision.” Programs should ensure that all pools have drain covers that are used in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.