This series is a selection of handouts to provide families with basic information on a variety of health and safety topics. Explore these quick guides to learn more on asthma, child passenger safety, food allergies, obesity, healthy beverages, and dental homes. Also find information on healthy active living, healthy foods, head lice, bed bugs, immunizations, influenza, and preparing for emergency situations like tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and pandemics.
Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the United States. Use this resource to provide families with facts about asthma, including triggers and how to support children with asthma.
The very idea of bed bugs may make you itch. Getting rid of bed bugs takes time, patience, and resources. Learn how to identify bed bugs and manage an infestation.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have child passenger safety laws. Learn what programs and families can do to protect young children in a motor vehicle.
Allergies to food occur when the body mistakenly interprets some part of the food as a danger and activates the immune system. Explore this resource to learn about types of food allergies and tips for caring for children with food allergies.
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, and tooth decay. Learn about the link between sugary drinks and oral health and how to find hidden sugar in drinks.
A dental home is a dental practice that delivers oral healthcare in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. Learn more about how Head Start staff help children and pregnant women establish a dental home.
Head lice are small, gray insects about 2–3 mm in length that hold very tightly to hair shafts. Review this handout to learn the signs and symptoms of lice, and how Head Start programs can address this issue.
Many Head Start Program Performance Standards are designed to encourage healthy active living habits such as regular physical activity and healthy nutrition. Use this resource to help families and staff engage children in healthy active living activities.
Having good nutrition improves children’s health by helping them grow, develop, and maintain a healthy weight. In this resource, find strategies for healthy eating for families and staff.
In this handout, find resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help families stay up to date on immunizations.
Influenza, often called “the flu," is a contagious disease that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs. Learn more about the symptoms, how Head Start programs can address influenza, and proper hand-washing techniques.
Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults, which can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems. This handout shares tips for creating a positive eating environment and using movement as a learning tool.
Use this resource to help families and Head Start staff prepare for hurricanes. It explores planning an evacuation, creating an emergency supply kit, and disinfecting water for drinking.
Preparing for any emergency consists of three parts: preparedness, response, and recovery. In this resource, learn the importance of having a written emergency plan in place to protect children and staff in the event of a wildfire.
Landslides most often occur after heavy rains. They can also follow droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Know your risk and what to do in the event of a landslide.
Pandemics can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms. In this resource, learn how Head Start programs can prepare for a pandemic and implement pandemic control strategies such as physical distancing and hand hygiene.
Tornadoes can happen anytime, but they are most likely to occur in the spring and summer months. This resource can help staff develop a plan to prepare for tornado season.
Programs must know how to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergency situations, including potentially violent ones. Use this resource to help programs develop and implement a written plan that describes the practices and procedures to use if faced with a threat of violence.
National Centers:Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Last Updated: November 10, 2020