Disabilities Services Newsletters

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

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.

Head Start Health Services Newsletters

The Head Start Health Services Newsletter provides current research topics, best practice and updates for the Office of Head Start (OHS). It includes notices and resources from professional organizations, federal agencies, and federal partners to OHS. The newsletter also provides tips for supporting staff and engaging families. Head Start health managers and other early childhood professionals are encouraged to subscribe and to use and share these resources.

Brush Up on Oral Health: January 2017

In this issue, learn more about ways Head Start staff can promote the importance of oral health during home visits. Find out how home visits can be an effective way to deliver comprehensive services to pregnant women and children and their families. 

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: 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: 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.

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.