Authorized Persons to Pick Up Child

Children may only be released to adults authorized by parents or legal guardians whose identity has been verified by photo identification. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons authorized to pick up child should be obtained during the enrollment process and regularly reviewed, along with clarification/documentation of any custody issues/court orders. The legal guardian(s) of the child should be established and documented at this time.

Use and Storage of Toxic Substances

All toxic substances should be inaccessible to children and should not be used when children are present. Toxic substances should be used as recommended by the manufacturer and stored in the original labeled containers. The telephone number for the poison control center should be posted and readily accessible in emergency situations.

Availability of Drinking Water

Clean, sanitary drinking water should be readily accessible in indoor and outdoor areas, throughout the day. On hot days, infants receiving human milk in a bottle may be given additional human milk, and those receiving formula mixed with water may be given additional formula mixed with water.  Infants should not be given water, especially in the first six months of life.

Monitoring Children's Development/Obtaining Consent for Screening

Programs should have a process in place for age-appropriate developmental and behavioral screenings for all children at the beginning of a child's enrollment in the program, at least yearly thereafter, and as developmental concerns become apparent to staff and/or parents/guardians. Providers may choose to conduct screenings, themselves; partner with a local agency/health care provider/specialist who would conduct the screening; or work with parents in connecting them to resources to ensure that screening occurs. This process should consist of parental/guardian education, consent, and participation as well as connection to resources and support, including the primary health care provider, as needed. Results of screenings should be documented in child records.

When Health Affects Assessment

Use this fact sheet to better understand how child health may impact assessment. It includes a list of tools that programs can use to improve child assessment strategies..

The Comprehensive Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are able to do it for only a short time, your baby's immune system can benefit from breast milk. This information explains the added benefits of breastfeeding for yourself, your baby, and how it influences society.

How Lifestyle Affects Breast Milk – Medications

A woman’s lifestyle may affect her breast milk, and impact the baby’ health. Mothers should talk to their doctor before taking medications because small amounts can pass through the breast milk. Mothers can use this information to educate themselves about the consequences of taking medications and about seeking a doctor’s advice to make sure the medications are safe.

Federal Resources on Breastfeeding

The federal resources below provide current information on a variety of topics related to breastfeeding. Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs can share data and tips with expectant families and families with breastfeeding children. It also may be useful to program administrators, staff, and health and nutrition coordinators.