Determining Child Health Status

Since its beginnings, Head Start has recognized that health is the foundation for children's growth and development, and that healthy children are better able to learn. Evidence suggests that when children receive preventive well-child care, early diagnosis, and effective treatment, they are more likely to engage in learning. The first requirement in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) for child health and development services is §1304.20(a) – Determining Child Health Status. It describes activities that must be completed within 90 days of a child's entry into the program. Note: This resource is under review.

Embracing Our Future

Four children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs are featured in this 18-minute streaming video about Head Start health services. Designed as training for parents, Health Services Advisory Committee members, staff, and Policy Council and Governing Bodies, the video provides a basic picture of the range of health services offered by Head Start.

Let's Talk About You

Learn about the importance of building relationships with infants, toddlers, and their families in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Let's Talk About Empathy

Learn how responsive relationships with infants and toddlers help them build empathy with others. Discover tips for teaching empathy and helping children understand the impact of their actions.

Let's Talk About Music

Find out how music can support infants’ and toddlers’ learning in all domains. Learn how adults can adapt songs to fit children’s age and development.