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.

Breastfeeding Resources

The Head Start Program Performance Standards require breastfeeding education for expectant families and accommodations for breastfeeding children. Breastfeeding provides a true head start for the children that Head Start programs serve.

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW)

The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness has been awarded to American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., and Health Care Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children

Ongoing research continues to show us how adversity and toxic stress in early childhood can have a negative impact throughout a person's life. Toxic stress can impact a child's health, behavior, and ability to learn. These videos appeal to Head Start staff and health care professionals. They are designed to help them understand what toxic stress is, what it does to a person, and easy things to do to help prevent it.

Motivational Interviewing Suite

These short videos provide examples of how to use MI strategies in everyday conversations between staff and families. Staff can use these videos to identify skills to enhance their relationships with families.

National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA)

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) supports state and community leaders and their partners in the planning and implementation of rigorous approaches to quality in all early care and education settings for children from birth to school age.

National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO)

The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations has been awarded to University of Massachusetts (UMass) Donahue Institute in collaboration with Family Health International (FHI) 360 and Zero to Three (ZTT). The Center is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS).