Our Early Learning Centers provide nutrition and health services in the context of the family and community.
Our programs ensure that each child and their family are connected to a primary health and dental care provider. Each child is required to have a complete physical and dental examination annually. A child’s health is important to their educational goals; being healthy and happy makes learning easier!
All children receive health screenings for hearing, vision, dental and nutrition while in our programs. Any medical, dental or development concerns regarding a child are shared with parents. Our professional staff works with families to secure appropriate services to ensure each child receives necessary treatment.
Good oral health is a key element of health services and essential to a child’s behavior, speech, language and overall growth and development. Head Start program performance standards require each program to track the provision of oral health care for enrolled children to ensure they receive: oral health examinations, follow-up treatment as needed, oral health prevention (including fluoride varnish) and good dental hygiene practices in the classroom.
We know of the important link between proper nutrition and the ability to learn. All children at our Early Learning Centers are assessed for nutritional deficiencies and families are given nutrition counseling as required. Through the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program, our Early Learning Centers serve children a nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch and snack each day. Community collaborations allow us to provide families with referrals to community nutrition resources when indicated.
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