When a baby is on the way, family needs become more complex. A network of community partners can help.
Explore ways to develop policy that informs a program's plan to offer ongoing and individualized support to families experiencing pregnancy loss.
Review the Head Start Program Performance Standards for Early Head Start programs related to enrolling pregnant women and expectant families.
Explore and share these tip sheets and other resources for expectant families.
Early Head Start (EHS) staff engage pregnant mothers and expectant families as they prepare for their new baby. Connecting families to comprehensive prenatal care, such as nutrition education, oral health care, and mental health supports, is all part of the process. This includes engaging fathers from the beginning. Understanding what to expect during pregnancy and after the birth can help young families feel better prepared to face parenthood.
Find resources to help early childhood programs serve pregnant women and expectant families.
It’s important for women to get oral health care during pregnancy. Getting oral health care, including cleanings, X-rays, fillings, and pain medication, is safe during pregnancy.
It is important for pregnant women to take care of their oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy foods, and getting oral health care help keep a woman’s mouth and teeth healthy during pregnancy.
Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is good for both the mother and her baby. Use this information to help increase awareness of healthy eating habits during pregnancy.
Learn more about the growth and development that happens during the prenatal period. Explore how to build relationships with expectant families and find ways to help them access needed comprehensive services.