Families Support Their Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

Parents and families are key to holding high expectations and supporting home language development for their dual language learners (DLLs). Families can promote positive experiences for these young children by emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. They also provide learning supports necessary to succeed in school. These DLL Toolkit resources can assist families in supporting the learning and development of their young children.

Head Start Program Facts

The Head Start program is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Family and Community Engagement E-News

Stay up to date with the Family and Community Engagement E-News. This monthly alert will assist program efforts to achieve family outcomes that promote school readiness and healthy development.

Qualifications for Drivers

In addition to meeting the general staff background check standards, any driver or transportation staff member who transports children for any purpose should meet certain requirements. The driver's license number and date of expiration, vehicle insurance information, and verification of current state vehicle inspection should be on file in the facility.

Immunization of Caregivers/Teachers

Caregivers/teachers should be current with all immunizations routinely recommended for adults by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as shown in the “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule”. The local or state health department will be able to provide guidelines for exclusion requirements.

Diaper Changing Procedure

Specific diaper changing procedure should be posted in the changing area and followed to protect the health and safety of children and staff.

Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters: Guidelines for Development

Children and youth are at heightened risk in disasters and public health emergencies. In an effort to meet the challenge of addressing the complex needs of children, youth, and families in disasters, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) and partners from across the nation developed a model. It was designed to bring together Whole Community child-and youth-serving agencies, organizations, and professionals in a single forum for shared strategic coordination to meet the needs of children and youth. The Children and Youth Task Force model has emerged as a promising practice to promote effective coordination of these diverse systems and agencies.

Situations that Require Hand Hygiene

All staff, volunteers, and children should abide by the procedures for hand washing, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)3. Situations or times that children and staff should perform hand hygiene should be posted in all food preparation, diapering, and toileting areas.

Using Splat the Cat to Promote Dialogic Reading Strategies

Dialogic reading is an interactive way to talk with young children. It is a proven approach to increase vocabulary and language development for children learning to speak more than one language. Teaching teams can learn the strategy through this example of its use with "Splat the Cat" by Rob Scotton.