Uncorrected vision problems can affect a child’s development and school readiness. Learn about evidence-based tools that Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use to screen children’s vision. Also, find free resources that support follow-up care for families.
Learn how timely vision screening is an important step in early detection of any possible vision problems.
Early care and education programs can develop evidence-based hearing screening practices. Use this fact sheet to prepare parents to know what to expect from a hearing screening and how to prepare their child. Talk to parents about who will have access to their child’s screening results.
Learn the facts about lead poisoning in children. Find information on lead testing, the effects of lead on children and how to prevent lead exposure.
Recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 children, ages 0-5, are at moderate or high risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delay. As a result, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education have partnered to launch Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them.
Explore helpful resources about health insurance and the Health Care Marketplace for programs and families.
Health is the foundation for school readiness. This is why Head Start programs help enrolled children access preventive screenings, health care, and health insurance coverage.
Use these forms to document dental home information and current oral health status and services; such as diagnostic and preventive services, counseling, restorative and emergency care, and referral to a specialist.
Before purchase and use, cribs and play yards should comply with current CPSC and ASTM International safety standards. Programs should only use cribs for sleep purposes and ensure that each crib is a safe sleep environment as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The following behaviors should be prohibited in all early care and education settings: