Head Start Health Services Newsletters

The Head Start Health Services Newsletter provides current research topics, best practice and updates for the Office of Head Start (OHS). It includes notices and resources from professional organizations, federal agencies, and federal partners to OHS. The newsletter also provides tips for supporting staff and engaging families. Head Start health managers and other early childhood professionals are encouraged to subscribe and to use and share these resources.

Oral Health: Tips for Health Managers

Help parents and caregivers learn how to ensure good oral health for children and themselves. Help pregnant women and children learn good mouth and teeth habits.

Health Tips for Families Series

These fact sheets provide important information to families about a variety of health topics. Families can discover useful strategies to support and improve the health and wellness of their children.

Physical Health

Health is the foundation of school readiness. To help children thrive, Head Start staff ensure that children are up to date on immunizations and their state’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) schedule, learn healthy habits, and can access the care they need. Head Start also promotes the physical and social and emotional well-being of families and staff.

Health Services Management

New and experienced staff will find professional development tools to help keep children safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

Understanding Depression

Use this tip sheet to identify the signs of depression. It can be shared with parents so that they learn how to take care of themselves and seek help when necessary.

A Healthy Baby Begins with You

The "A Healthy Baby Begins with You" campaign works to reduce infant deaths among African-American babies. Learn tips on how African American women may stay healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy.

Health Literacy: Tips for Health Managers

Learn about health literacy and how to help families obtain, process, and understand basic health information and health care services to make good health choices.

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.