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.
PDF for the February 2018 Brush Up on Oral Health tip sheet: Water and Health.
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.
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).
Learn how to support healthy breathing. Share information with families about asthma and how to avoid asthma triggers.
Stress comes from our perception of the situation. Explore these common unhelpful patterns of thinking that we all make and how you can think about challenging these thoughts.
This tip sheet offers information on the dangers of children's exposure to secondhand smoke. Use facts in this tip sheet to learn what may happen if they expose their children to secondhand smoke.
Safety and Injury Prevention for Young Children Is:
- Making sure children have safe places to grow and learn
- Protecting children from danger
- Teaching children what to do to be safe
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.
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.