Create a Culture of Safety

In programs, all managers, staff, and families embrace the belief that children have the right to be safe by creating a culture of safety. They provide "an environment that encourages people to speak up about safety concerns, makes it safe to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourages learning from these events." Children are safer when managers, staff, and families work together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community so children don't get hurt. Explore the resources below to learn more about creating a culture of safety.

Is It an Emergency?

This webinar describes the difference between children's emergent and urgent health care needs. Learn the three reasons why a family should take their child to an emergency room, rather than to their primary care provider.

Home Safety Webinar

View this webinar to discover safety risks and injury prevention tips for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Learn new ways to engage families in a conversation about injury prevention.

10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety

Head Start program managers, staff, and families keep children safe by creating a culture of safety. Everyone contributes to an environment that allows people to speak up about safety concerns. They also make it all right to talk about mistakes and errors, and encourage learning from these events. Children are safer when everyone works together to improve the strategies they use in homes, centers, and the community.  Note: This resource is under review.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual: 2015 Edition

The Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition provides programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their planning process. Use it to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency. An emergency may be a catastrophic natural event, like a hurricane, flood, or wildfire, or a man-made disaster, such as a shooting. No matter the crisis, Head Start programs need to be ready with impact, relief, and recovery plans. Note: This resource is under review.

Emergency Preparedness

Explore and share materials about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for families and programs.

Ebola

Learn more about this serious transmissible disease that can be fatal. It is caused by an Ebola virus found in several African countries. Outbreaks have been sporadic.