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.
Use this Internet-based tool to help identify and prioritize health risks and concerns before the well-child appointment
All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to establish and maintain a Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). The HSAC is an advisory group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They may include pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Head Start staff and parents also serve on the HSAC. Many HSACs struggle with recruitment and attendance. This Health Chat suggests ways to overcome barriers of time, distance, and cost using virtual meeting technology.
Home visitors are in a unique position to assess, promote, and model good hygiene. Discover tips to improve your skills in helping families minimize the spread of germs that can cause illness.
Watch this webinar and learn how a Head Start program is working with a local children’s hospital to fully integrate a primary care clinic on-site at the program.
In this podcast, Dr. James Perrin, former American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) president, discusses Head Start and the medical home. Learn why it is crucial to link families to a medical home that best serves their needs by providing continuous, accessible medical care.
Follow up Checklist: When a Child is Identified with a Permanent Hearing Loss