The decision to breastfeed is a family decision. Fathers, grandparents, and extended family often provide crucial support to young children and breastfeeding mothers. Different families involve different family members in a baby's care. Talk with families about who will provide support after the baby is born. Remember that all members of the family need information and an opportunity to share their experiences and feelings about breastfeeding.
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.
Learn the facts about Enterovirus, how to prevent it and what to do if someone in your program has it.
The Pro-Children’s Act of 2001 imposes restrictions on smoking in facilities where federally-funded children’s services are provided. Grantees that are subject to these requirements will find this information useful.
Watch this series of three podcasts which focuses on the importance of having a smoke-free home and car for children and their families. It's one of the best things parents can do to help their children get and stay health.
Head Start programs that provide transportation services should consider communication skills training to increase the efficiency of their transportation staff. Program directors and transportation supervisors may use this resource to identify training issues that impact the quality of transportation services.
Bridging the Business Office Divide: Using Basic Accounting to Communicate What Drives Transportation Costs
Programs must explain the impact of rising transportation costs to key stakeholders in order to maintain budgets for new buses and other transportation expenditures. This resource may be used by program directors and transportation coordinators to help them manage, communicate, and control transportation costs.
The General Accountability Office (GAO) completed a report that examined how Head Start grantee and delegate agencies had implemented the Head Start transportation regulations. The report can help local Head Start programs' improve their understanding of the challenges of transportation services. The report specifically provides information on the numbers of children transported by grantees and delegates that submitted requests to the Office of Head Start in 2006 for more time to implement the monitor and restraint provisions, as well as the challenges that were faced in the past.
This checklist can be used by local programs that provide transportation services as a tool for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations..
Programs must comply with transportation regulations if they decide to transport children. This resource may be used by Head Start staff to better understand federal requirements for program transportation services.