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.
The Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter is produced monthly by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL).
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.
Getting oral health care during pregnancy, including cleanings, x-rays, fillings and pain medication is safe and important for expectant mothers to do.
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.
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.
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: May 2016: What is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (I/ECMHC)?
Infant early childhood mental health consultation (I/ECMHC) is emerging an effective strategy for supporting young children’s social and emotional development. This issue of the Mental Health Services newsletter explores Head Start's commitment to I/ECMHC. Also find I/ECMHC resources available on the ECLKC and other websites.
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: October 2016: Social Emotional Development and Challenging Behaviors
Children's challenging behaviors are top concerns for early care and education teachers. In this issue staff and parents learn how to prevent and appropriately address young children’s challenging behaviors.