Session 4: Enhancing Staff's Comfort and Confidence

In this session, participants explore specific strategies for addressing staff concerns as they work with families and other service providers in identifying disabilities in young children and in sharing that information with families.

Crosswalk of the 15-Minute In-Service Suites with the CLASS®

The Crosswalk of the 15-Minute In-service Suites with the CLASS® connects teaching practices and learning activities found in these in-service suites with the domains and dimensions of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)®. Head Start grantees may find this tool useful in planning professional development.

Focusing on Success

A successful life is built layer by layer with a combination of vision, perseverance and hard work.  Parents and staff will learn from these true life stories about the challenges, dreams, and successes of three Head Start parents.

EarlyEdU Alliance Higher Education Learning Modules

These learning modules are highlights of higher education courses from the EarlyEdU Alliance. These learning modules go a bit deeper since they combine theory and the latest early childhood education research with students’ field-based learning.

A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

This booklet identifies five steps to protect a young child’s teeth. Parents and child-care providers may use this resource to gain basic information on child dental care. The strategies for protecting a baby’s teeth include preventing bottle tooth decay and taking a child to the dentist.

Infants and Vaccines: Answering Parents’ Questions

Vaccines, also called immunizations, are a safe and effective way to protect children from many common diseases. If parents delay or avoid child vaccinations, they can put their child and others at risk for potentially dangerous diseases.

Mumps Vaccine: Preventable Diseases Infographic

Check out the infographic below to learn why the best way to protect against mumps is to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Doctors recommend that all children get the MMR vaccine to be protected from these three potentially serious diseases.

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating is essential to a child's nutrition and well-being. Children who are overweight are at risk for chronic health problems. The Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), offers guidance to parents and caregivers on how to encourage healthy eating habits in children.

Growing Healthy Family Goals Worksheet

All parents know that they should teach their children to eat healthy and encourage them to exercise. However, that can be hard to do, especially when it feels like everything about your current lifestyle needs to change. Head Start and Early Head Start staff may use this worksheet with families to help them start behaviors that will improve the health and wellness of everyone at home. The 5-2-1-0 message provides suggestions for building healthy, active lives for everyone in the family.