New and experienced staff will find professional development tools to help keep children safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
This section is designed for child care providers and health consultants. These resources can be used to help ensure safe, healthy, and high-quality settings for all children.
This webinar is part of the Strong Connections for Strong Kids series. It addresses the importance of strengthening collaboration between Head Start and Early Head Start programs and the healthcare system, particularly the medical home.
Health manager networks promote improvement by building relationships among those in similar positions across Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These networks are more likely to be sustained when there is shared leadership. Three leaders, Rashanda Jenkins from Virginia, and Eric Vaughn and Peggy Kelly from Kansas, describe ways their state Head Start Associations foster health manager network leaders.
Children and youth are at heightened risk in disasters and public health emergencies. In an effort to meet the challenge of addressing the complex needs of children, youth, and families in disasters, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) and partners from across the nation developed a model. It was designed to bring together Whole Community child-and youth-serving agencies, organizations, and professionals in a single forum for shared strategic coordination to meet the needs of children and youth. The Children and Youth Task Force model has emerged as a promising practice to promote effective coordination of these diverse systems and agencies.
These fact sheets serve as tools to help Head Start health managers provide important information to Head Start staff about National Center on Health (NCH) priorities. We hope that you find them useful as you work within your programs and communities to strengthen the health and wellness of all Head Start children.
Strong Connections, Strong Kids Webinar Series: Head Start and Healthcare Collaboration at the State Level
This webinar is part of a series that will address the importance of strengthening collaboration between Head Start/Early Head Start programs and the healthcare system, particularly the medical home.
Amy is the assistant professor at Georgetown University. Amy is currently the mental health advisor for the National Center on Health.
Jonathan Faletti: And Neal will be our final presenter, and he's going to talk about you guys, the staff, nurturing the nurturer, because you're just as important as the kids. So if you guys aren't geared up and ready for the day, kids aren't going to be, so with that, Neal, the floor is yours.
Jonathan Faletti: Our first presenter is Dr. Colleen Kraft. Dr. Kraft was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965. Currently she is the medical director of the Health Network at Cincinnati Children's, and she is also currently the chair of the advisory committee of the National Center on Health. So without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Kraft.