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.
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.
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.
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Who Is Part of Your Health Services Team and Their Roles
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.
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.
A Health Talk is a pre-recorded video or podcast that allows health managers to explore deeper into specific health topics. The Health Talks include two series: Health Chats: 1) Listen, as new tools and strategies are discussed to improve health outcomes for children. 2) Ask the Experts: Get answers to frequently asked questions from pediatricians, dentists, psychologists, and other health professionals.
New and experienced staff will find professional development tools to help keep children safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
Chapter 3: Health Topic Self-Reflection Checklists
Chapter 4: Health Topics: Delving Deeper