Embracing Health and Wellness Series

In the Embracing Health and Wellness series, learn about current research topics.  Explore best practices and safety tips for Head Start and child care programs.

Preparing for Tornado Season

Tornadoes can happen anytime. Use this tip sheet to review tornado warning signs and learn what's required of and useful for practicing your disaster plan.

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.

Emergency Preparedness in Head Start and Early Childhood Settings Webinar

Learn how to plan and prepare for emergencies. The webinar identifies strategies Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs can use to improve their emergency preparedness efforts. Staff also will learn how they can help children and families prepare. Key resources and information may be used to assist programs in their emergency preparedness planning.

Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

Programs can use this manual as a guide for their emergency planning process. Find the latest tools and resources 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, early childhood programs need to be ready with impact, relief, and recovery plans.

Emergency Preparedness

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

Financial Planning: A Guide for Disaster Preparedness

Part of disaster planning should always include financial planning. Families that would like to be proactive in planning for disaster may find this guide beneficial in preventing financial loss. This guide will enable users to avoid a financial crisis, protect their family’s health, life and property with adequate insurance if they ever experience a disaster.

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.