Head Start agencies that provide services to children and families must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the requirements set forth in the Head Start Act of 2007.
Find resources to help early childhood programs serve pregnant women and expectant families.
Good nutrition is an important part of a wellness lifestyle to stay healthy, active, and strong. Health managers and program staff can explore resources to support healthy eating habits and find nutrition assistance information to share with families.
A program’s physical environment supports the quality and quantity of the services it provides. Browse facilities resources that help programs create environments that are conducive to learning.
Family well-being means all family members are safe, healthy, and have chances for educational advancement and economic mobility. When families face challenges, their health and wellness can be negatively impacted.
Use the resources on this page to increase your knowledge about parenting programs that are most likely to be effective with families of young children in the settings where you work. Find tips and strategies for how to implement these programs well.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental health of children, families, and staff every day. Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being.
Early childhood programs keep children safe when their facilities, materials, and equipment are free of hazards and staff promote safety practices like active supervision. These resources help staff and families reduce the number and severity of childhood injuries. Discover tips for use at home, in cars and buses, on the playground, and in all early childhood settings.
Excellence in early childhood education programs is built on a workforce that promotes continuous program improvement.
Health is the foundation of school readiness. To help children thrive, Head Start staff ensure children are up to date on immunizations and their state’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) schedule. Staff also help them learn healthy habits and access the care they need. Additionally, Head Start programs promote the physical well-being and social and emotional well-being of families and staff.