Safety Practices

A Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe

The goal of the Week on Active Supervision: Keeping Children Safe is to provide practical support to programs in complying with the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to child supervision. Daily webinars this week will highlight these resources and show how the materials can be used across the birth to 5 continuum.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) worked with the National Centers on Health (NCH), Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), and Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO), and the Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) to develop these resources for you.

Opening Remarks from Ann Linehan

Unsupervised children within the Head Start and Early Head Start setting is a serious issue. Programs are responsible for ensuring that children are supervised in classrooms, playgrounds, buses, and field trips. OHS Acting Director Ann Linehan sends a reminder to programs of their obligation to ensure infants, toddlers, and preschool age children are safe and supervised at all times.

Webinar Presentations

Leave No Child Unattended! Use Active Supervision to Keep Children Safe

OHS and the National Center on Health look at how the six active supervision strategies can help staff keep children safe. The 30-minute webinar includes a question and answer (Q&A) session with Amanda Bryans, director of Education and Comprehensive Services at OHS.

Keeping Babies Safe

Review strategies and materials specific to active supervision for infants and very young children. The 30-minute webinar includes a Q&A session. It was moderated by Angie Godfrey from OHS and Laura Annunziata from the Early Head Start National Resource Center.

Creating Safe and Engaging Learning Environments: Active Supervision for Preschoolers

Explore the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) in-service suites through the lens of active supervision! Jamie Sheehan from OHS and Kristin Ainslee, host of NCQTL's Teacher Time, moderated this 45-minute webinar and Q&A.

How Management Systems Support Child Safety and Supervision

Program leaders set the stage for developing a culture of safety. In this one-hour webinar, David Jones from OHS and the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations highlight resources that will help you look at safety from a systems perspective.

Strategies from the Field

Marco Beltran, OHS, shares how two Region IX grantees—Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and Contra Costa—have implemented strategies around child supervision. See how these grantees use redundant systems to make sure all children are accounted for in the classroom and on the playground in this 30-minute webinar.

Learn more about keeping children safe with active supervision.