Promoting Organizational and Staff Wellness

Watch this webcast to learn how to build an organizational and program-wide culture of wellness. It is part of the Office of Head Start's Safe Foundations, Healthy Futures Campaign.

Bed Bugs: Managing the Itch Factor

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

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.

Health Services Management

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

Healthy Children Are Ready to Learn

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…"

Embracing Our Future

Four children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs are featured in this 18-minute streaming video about Head Start health services. Designed as training for parents, Health Services Advisory Committee members, staff, and Policy Council and Governing Bodies, the video provides a basic picture of the range of health services offered by Head Start.

Health Talks

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.

Health Services Advisory Committee

Health Services Advisory Committees (HSACs) help programs to make decisions about health services. Learn how to plan, execute, and evaluate your HSAC.

Health Education Materials for Parents and Staff

All children can exhibit challenging behavior sometimes. How parents respond can be key to how a child develops. Find ways to help parents and staff positively respond to children's behavior.