Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. Questions about them are common in early education settings. Learn how to identify bed bugs and what to do if you have them in your program.
In this News You Can Use, explore some vignettes about physical development and health as they relate to school readiness goals. Early Head Start staff may use this resource when program planning.
These materials in Spanish and English provide information about dental visits, fluoride, nutrition, oral health care, oral hygiene, and safety.
Health connects to school readiness long before a child enters school. Healthy development continues to support learning throughout childhood and later life. "Health in the earliest years—actually beginning with the future mother's health before she becomes pregnant—lays the groundwork for a lifetime of well-being…"
Health Services Advisory Committees (HSACs) help programs to make decisions about health services. Learn how to plan, execute, and evaluate your HSAC.
New and experienced staff will find professional development tools to help keep children safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
The Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC) is an online tool for early care and education (ECE) programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care. It is designed to have the look and feel of an actual ECE center. Visitors can move from room to room within the VEEC to find information on health and safety practices and useful resources. Use it to explore resources and information regarding Head Start Program Performance Standards and Caring for Our Children (CFOC). Learn more about health-focused ECE and best practices.
Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) represents the minimum health and safety standards required in Head Start and child care programs, family child care homes, and other places children are cared for outside of their own home. These standards seek to reduce redundancy across requirements for programs with multiple funding streams.
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.
Explore these easy-to-read health education materials below. Find useful information and basic tips that parents and staff can easily understand..