Your Child's Health
Head Start Program emphasizes the importance of early identification of health or mental health needs, which, if undetected or untreated, might cause learning difficulties. The program will make every effort to ensure that your child is connected to a doctor or clinic to receive a complete age appropriate health assessment as recommended by his/her physician. We call this "medical home." Appropriate dental care recommended by the child's regular dentist is called "dental home and health insurance coverage.
In order to comply with community care licensing regulations and Head Start mandates, all children enrolled in the program must have on file the following:
Determination from health care and oral health care professionals as to whether or not the child is up-to-date on a schedule of age appropriate preventive and primary medical and oral health care, based on: the well-child visits and dental periodicity schedules as prescribed by the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program of the Medicaid agency of the state in which they operate. Immunization recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health examinations may be obtained from a child's regular physician or through the County Public Health Department.
It is the parents/guardians responsibility to follow up on all health and dental treatment for their children as well as maintain regular scheduled visits. If you are in need of health insurance coverage for your child or need support with finding a medical or dental provider, please contact a member of the family services staff to assist you.
Head Start staff will screen children during the school year. Parents will be notified when screenings are scheduled and will receive copies of the results. Screenings completed for all newly enrolled children, within 45 days from first day of attendance, include:
- Vision and Hearing
Daily Health Check
To ensure that each child comes to school healthy, and to avoid spread of communicable diseases, the teaching staff perform daily health check during arrival. Parents/guardians are required to wait until the health check is completed, before signing-in for the child. If your child appears not well enough to participate in the normal, everyday activities at the time of entry into the classroom and/or during the day, the parent will be asked to take the child home.
Medications, Equipment, and Supplies at School
The Head Start program will do its best to make reasonable modifications by providing appropriate auxiliary aids which would enable a child to participate without fundamentally altering the nature of the program whenever possible.
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