Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

While making milk is natural, breastfeeding is a skill that mothers and babies learn. It is helpful for parents to know that it is not always easy, but that help is available. Mothers often benefit from knowing techniques and strategies such as how to position the baby, signs of a good latch, infant feeding patterns, etc. As women learn to breastfeed their babies, they often have many questions and concerns. They need individualized support.

Promoting Breastfeeding and Addressing Challenges

In working with expectant families, Early Head Start staff have a great opportunity to share information and support. There are also simple things that staff working with older children can do when working with families getting ready for another baby. Start talking with families about breastfeeding as early as possible. Breastfeeding decisions are often made early in pregnancy. The questions in this document can help open the discussion about breastfeeding.

Families Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

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.

Pro-Children’s Act of 2001

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.

Smoking Podcasts

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.

Communication Training for Head Start Transportation Staff

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.

Head Start: Progress and Challenges in Implementing Transportation Regulations

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.

Transportation Services Checklist

This checklist can be used by local programs that provide transportation services as a tool for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations..

Requirements for Program Transportation Services

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.