Brush Up on Oral Health: March 2018

In this issue, learn more about oral health signs of physical and sexual abuse. Also, find resources for Head Start staff to help them support families.

Whistleblower Protection Laws

This tip sheet outlines the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Whistleblower Protection Programs. These programs are embodied in 22 federal laws put in place to protect employees from retaliation for reporting workplace violations such as injuries, safety concerns, or other protected activity. Also, learrn about section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. This section prohibits employer discrimination when employees report suspected improper or illegal government activities in the workplace.

Health Services to Promote Attendance

From the first day of enrollment, a young child's attendance matters! Good attendance leads to lifelong learning and positive habits necessary for school and work. When young children are chronically absent from Head Start, Early Head Start, or child care, often they are likely to continue to be chronically absent in elementary school. Others may drop-out as they get older. Absenteeism decreases children's opportunity to engage in learning, impacting their development in all domains of the Child Development and Early Learning Framework. (See Making the Link Between Health and School Readiness to learn more about the impact of health on child development). 

Early Head Start Tip Sheet No. 30 Screenings for Infant & Toddlers, July 2008

The purpose of screening is to identify infants and toddlers who should be referred for evaluation for possible developmental, health, or sensory concerns. The Performance Standards do not require that a specific screening instrument or strategy be used. Rather, they require grantees to perform or obtain linguistically, culturally, and age-appropriate screening procedures.

Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Responsive Care

This paper supports staff in Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs who provide professional development. It offers information on observation as well as strategies to support and strengthen this important component of quality infant and toddler care. Use this resource with teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors who work with infants, toddlers, and their families. Note: This resource is under review.