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."
In order to comply with licensing and Head Start requirements, all children enrolled in the program must have on file the following:
- A physical examination, current and up-to-date within the last 12 months, within 30 days of entering the classroom and updated annually.
- Physical examinations may be obtained from a child's regular physician or through the County Public Health Department.
- The physical must include tests for anemia, blood lead level, tuberculosis risk assessment, and other screenings as required by age of the individual child.
- Up-to-date, age appropriate immunizations throughout the school year.
- A dental examination done by dentist within 90 days of entering the classroom
It is the parents' 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 coverage for your child, please contact a Family Advocates/Family Engagement specialists to assist you with finding a medical or dental provider.
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. Parents will be responsible for the health care of their child and following through with necessary treatment. Screenings completed for all newly enrolled children, within 45 days from first day of attendance, include:
- Vision and Hearing
Daily Health Inspection
To ensure that each child comes to school healthy, and to avoid spread of communicable diseases, the teaching staff perform daily health inspections during arrival. Parents 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.
Health & Wellness Resources