Equipment, materials, furnishings, and play areas should be sturdy, safe, in good repair, and meet the recommendations of the CPSC.
Use these tools to develop and strengthen the attitudes, knowledge, and skills health services staff need to effectively support the health, safety, and wellness of young children and their families.
The Ask the Expert Series is a pre-recorded discussion with an expert from a health-related field on a specific health or safety topic. Each topic in this series includes an informational video and resources that you can download to learn ways to improve the health services your program provides.
In the Embracing Health and Wellness series, learn about current research topics. Explore best practices and safety tips for Head Start and child care programs.
These interactive learning activities will help child care health consultants learn to effectively share their expertise with programs. Explore six realistic scenarios to build and enhance consultation skills.
Child care health consultants are health professionals who know about child health, child development, and health and safety in child care settings.
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).
Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) represents the minimum health and safety standards required in Head Start and child care programs, family child care homes, and other places children are cared for outside of their own home. These standards seek to reduce redundancy across requirements for programs with multiple funding streams.
Health Services Advisory Committees (HSACs) help programs to make decisions about health services. Learn how to plan, execute, and evaluate your HSAC.