Brush Up on Oral Health: June 2018

This issue of Brush Up on Oral Health offers tips Head Start staff can share with parents about using a pacifier safely and weaning their child from a pacifier.

Disabilities Services Newsletters

The Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter is produced monthly by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL).

Health Services Newsletter: Staff Wellness– Managing Stress

Working in a Head Start program can be an extremely rewarding and demanding career. It is inevitable to feel stress in the workplace and some stress is natural and even healthy. Good stress helps to focus on a task or perform at a higher level. Unfortunately, negative or chronic stress can take a toll on your health and effectiveness as a Head Start team member. Caregivers who are stressed find it more difficult to offer praise, nurturance, and the structure young children need. This can lead to children exhibiting even more challenging behaviors. Harmful levels of stress can create a negative impact on the body.

Brush Up on Oral Health: May 2015

Getting oral health care during pregnancy, including cleanings, x-rays, fillings and pain medication is safe and important for expectant mothers to do.

Brush Up on Oral Health: March 2015

This issue describes key oral health concerns that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face. Learn tips to help parents and staff maintain the oral health of children with ASD.

Brush Up on Oral Health: July 2015

This issue provides an overview of child abuse and describes oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. It also highlights resources that are available to help staff support children and families.

Head Start Mental Health Services Newsletter: August 2016: Early Childhood Mental Health

Promoting mental health is an important part of the work programs can do every day to enrich the lives of Head Start children and families. This issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter focuses on early childhood mental health. Learn about how staff and families can support children’s social emotional development through nurturing relationships, environments and interactions. Also, find resources for your work with families and staff around this topic.

Head Start Mental Health Services Newsletter: April 2017: Planning for Smooth Transitions

Young children experience many transitions. These transitions can range from the small ones throughout the day to the larger ones that are more life-changing. While transitions can be stressful, they can also provide meaningful learning opportunities for young children. In this issue of Strong Foundations in Mental Health for Social and Emotional Well-Being, find resources that support smooth transitions for children and the adults who care for them.