The Head Start Health Services Newsletter provides current research topics, best practice and updates for the Office of Head Start (OHS). It includes notices and resources from professional organizations, federal agencies, and federal partners to OHS. The newsletter also provides tips for supporting staff and engaging families. Head Start health managers and other early childhood professionals are encouraged to subscribe and to use and share these resources.
July 2017: Transportation Safety
The best way to protect young children in a motor vehicle is to have a car seat or booster seat that is right for the child’s age, height, and weight. In this issue, find guidance on how programs can support families to ensure proper car seat safety. Also, discover child passenger safety tips that programs can share with families.
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December 2016: A Focus on Expectant Families
The recently updated Head Start Program Performance Standards provide guidance related to services for pregnant women and expectant families. This guidance indicates that education and services should be made available to families on topics such as nutrition, parental depression, safe sleep practices, breastfeeding benefits, nurturing and responsive caregiving, and father engagement. Use this newsletter to learn more about each of these topics.
September 2016: Newborn Screening - A Public Health Success Story
Newborn screening is the process of testing babies for specific conditions. Every state has its own newborn screening program with different requirements. Home visitors can use this newsletter to talk with expectant families about what they can expect when their baby is born.
August 2016: What Is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes a person to have recurring seizures. It is the most common childhood brain disorder in the United States affecting nearly 450,000 American children. To best care for children with epilepsy, it is important that early childhood education staff are informed about the condition, its triggers, and treatments. Use this newsletter to help guide an action plan for children in your program and to share home safety information with parents. Also, read it to learn what programs can do to support children with epilepsy.
July 2016: Summer Safety Tips for Early Care and Education Programs
Summer is a great time for outdoor learning. This issue of the newsletter provides tips for early care and education staff on how to protect children from sunburn, insect bites, and other injuries. With planning, programs can make sure that young children play outside safely.
June 2016: Fluoride
Fluoride is an element found in nature, including soil, rocks, and plants. Using fluoride is one of the best and safest ways to maintain oral health and prevent tooth decay. Use this newsletter to learn more about fluoride. Also, find out how to talk to families about fluoride and to get more fluoride resources.
May 2016: The New Head Start Health Services Competencies
The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness has developed the Head Start Health Services Competencies and Professional Development Assessment. This optional set of tools may help individual staff and their agencies build their capacity to provide high-quality early childhood health services. They are not required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Read more about the development of, and possible uses for, the tools in this newsletter.
March 2016: Understanding Nutrition Needs in Early Care and Education
Proper nutrition is important for a child's growth, development, and early learning. Early care and education programs support healthy development by serving healthy foods, and creating a positive eating environment. Programs can also teach children and families about food. A nutrition assessment can help programs engage families and strengthen the program's nutrition services. In this newsletter, learn about what should be included in a nutrition assessment and common feeding concerns. You'll also find examples of questions staff can use to talk with families.
February 2016: Preventing and Managing the Flu
Head Start and other child care programs can take steps to prevent and control influenza. Anyone can get the flu, and certain populations are at an increased risk. Vaccination is the most important step in protecting the community against the flu and its complications. This newsletter offers information on what programs can do to increase immunization, strategies to stop the spread of germs, and clear up misconceptions about the flu vaccine. Also available in Spanish (español).
Keywords:Health and wellness
Resource Type: Newsletter
National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness
Last Updated: February 21, 2018