Building a Healthy Eating Environment

Learn why it is important to create a positive eating environment. Find out how doing so supports mealtime behavior and picky eaters. It can also support children who experience food insecurity. 

Sharpening Your Observation Skills

Learn how child care health consultants can strengthen their observation and consultation skills to help programs improve health and safety.

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.

Virtual Health Services Advisory Committee Meetings

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to establish and maintain a Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). The HSAC is an advisory group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They may include pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Head Start staff and parents also serve on the HSAC. Many HSACs struggle with recruitment and attendance. This Health Chat suggests ways to overcome barriers of time, distance, and cost using virtual meeting technology.

Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Head Start directors and teachers, health service managers, and other staff sometimes have to make a decision about whether to report a child whom they suspect may have been abused or neglected. This webinar helps provide some guidance on how to make that decision. The webinar also offers an overview of the types and frequency of abuse and neglect in the United States.

Nurturing the Environment Webinar

This webinar discusses challenging behaviors and how the environment can impact behavior. Learn strategies to better identify triggers and how to help children manage their emotions.

Nurturing the Nurturer Webinar

This webinar focuses on caregivers stress and wellness. Learn what wellness is and strategies to identify and reduce stress.

Nurturing the Brain Webinar

Learn about brain development and how nurturing relationships and supportive environments contribute to school success.