Ann Schlesinger: Welcome. I'm Ann Schlesinger from the National Center on Health at Education Development Center. The National Center on Health has developed this webinar and a companion webinar and screening for Head Start grantees. In this webinar, my colleague Nancy Topping-Tailby and I will review some of the Head Start Program Performance Standards that all grantees and delegate agencies must follow regarding determining children's health status. During this time, we will review the Head Start Program Performance Standards related to determining child health status; we'll identify activities and timelines to meet this health requirement; we'll describe the connection between Head Start systems and services, and discuss ways to use planning resources to ensure that all enrolled children receive required health services. We know that when systems work well, that is, when everyone understands the program's policies and procedures and the roles and responsibilities associated with them, programs are better able to provide effective health services to meet the health and wellness needs of children and their families.
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.