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Healthy Children 

 

 

We promote each child’s physical development by providing sufficient time, indoor and outdoor space, equipment, materials, and guidelines for active play and movement.  We provide high-quality health, oral health, mental health, and nutrition services that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and that will support each child’s growth and school readiness.


Regulations & Policy

HS Performance Standard 1302.40 - 1302.46 & State Title 5 Section 18278

Programs must promote each child’s physical development by providing sufficient time, indoor and outdoor space, equipment, materials, and guidelines for active play and movement. Programs must provide high-quality health, oral health, mental health, and nutrition services that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and that will support each child’s growth and school readiness. To learn about the regulations watch the following lessons:

  • Head Start: HS Health Course (coming)
  • State: Teaching & Learning/Lesson 3: Nutrition    

Food Program

Our nutrition component ensures that children have nutritious meals and snacks during the time in which they are in the program.

Meals and snacks are culturally and developmentally appropriate for the children being served in our program and meet the nutritional requirements specified by the federal Child and Adult Care Food or the National School Nutrition program (CACFP).

Records are maintained in the End of the Month Filing Binder.


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Harvest of the Month

Healthy Children Make Better Learners!

Through our Harvest of the Month program, each month your site will receive a produce delivery with a packet containing the following items:

  • Educator newsletter for the teacher/staff
  • Family newsletter to go home with each student
  • Stickers for taste testers
  • Activity Tracking Form (ATF) to be completed after the tasting activity.

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SPARK

SPARK curricula is our foundation for a successful physical activity program 

We promote each child’s physical development by providing sufficient time, indoor and outdoor space, equipment, materials, and guidelines for active play and movement.  Our programs are dedicated to creating, implementing, and promoting lifelong wellness.


Oral Health

We promote effective oral health hygiene by ensuring all children with teeth are assisted by an adult in brushing their teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride twice daily.

Document: A check mark is placed in the designated box on the sign-in/out sheet to document each brushing. In addition, it is entered into COPA when attendance is entered.


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Health Checks

According to the California licensing regulations, no child may be accepted until a daily inspection for illness has been completed. Every person bringing a child to the facility must remain until the health check has been completed by the teacher or designee and child is accepted.


Meal Accommodations & Administering Medication 

Meal accommodations and administering medication must be reviewed with the nurse. If a child needs to eat something different due to a food allergy or religious reason, give parent the applicable form and follow-up with health staff. The forms listed below are used for these special situations:

Child Asthma Plan

Consent for Medication

Food Preference Request

Medical Statement to Request Special Meals

Nebulizer Consent Form

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Safe Sleep Practices

To prevent SID’s it is crucial that nothing is covering the infants head, the infant is sleeping on his or her back to sleep, that the infant is dressed in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper and no blanket, pillows, toys or loose objects are in the sleeping area.


Infant Needs & Service Plan

An Infant Needs & Service Plan is completed at the time of enrollment & updated quarterly 

Completed throughout a child's time in the Early Head Start program

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Child Incident/Injury

When an incident occurs that results in child injury, an Incident Report must be completed & distributed to:

  • Parent
  • Site Nurse
  • Filed in Case Conferencing Binder

Note: If child requires medical attention, an Unusual Incident Report needs to be filed with licensing. Notify Jewelee Hotchkiss, Director II as she will review & approve language prior to submitting.


Monitoring 

A Grantee monitoring review will be held every program year. In addition, self-monitoring must be documented and occur as follows:

  • ERSEA: Within first 45 days 
  • FSPA Assessment: Within 60 days
  • FSPA Goals: Within 70 days
  • Case Conferencing: Quarterly

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