Children’s health is a critical factor in being school ready. Head Start ensures that all enrolled children have timely immunizations and screenings for cognitive development, basic health, speech and language, hearing, vision, and dental health.
In accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Community Care Licensing each child enrolled in Head Start is required to receive a physical examination. Family Services Workers at each Early Learning Center and Home Educators are available to provide information and resources to assist families and connect them with medical services offered within the community.
In accordance with Head Start Performance Standards each child enrolled in Head Start is required to receive a blood lead test. This screening is necessary in order to provide prompt assistance to families to best meet the health and developmental needs of the child. Lead is toxic to everyone, but young children are at higher risk. Parents and staff can use this video to learn on how to test for lead. You can purchase Instant Lead Testing Kits at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Home Depot, Lowe’s, or ACE Hardware. For more information or about the effects of unsafe levels of lead in blood and about how to avoid lead exposure, please click here.
In accordance with Head Start Performance Standards each child enrolled in Head Start is required to receive a dental examination. Family Services Workers at each Early Learning Center and Home Educators are available to provide information and resources to assist families and connect them with dental services offered within the community.
We ensure that all enrolled children have timely immunizations and screenings for cognitive development, basic health, speech and language, hearing, vision, and dental health.
Every center is required to schedule a Health/Nutrition Specialist (HNS) to attend one parent meeting a year to discuss oral health and preventative dental care. The Health/Nutrition Specialist is responsible for accessing dental services and can provide information regarding providers in the Sacramento community, offer assistance in advocating for families having difficulty in obtaining a dental home or treatment from a provider, and early detection and treatment of dental caries and preventative care.
The Head Start Program ensures that all enrolled children meet the minimum standards for immunizations in accordance with the California School Immunization Law. Information and resources on immunization clinics are available at each Head Start Early Learning Center.
Health Care Plans
Head Start is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our children in and outside of the center. At enrollment, parents are asked a series of questions to indicate whether their child has a pre-existing medical condition (such as asthma or seizures) that may require a health care plan or medication while at school. Center staff is provided with quality training (approved by licensed medical personnel) in administering medications to children.
Medical and Dental Insurance
Head Start recognizes the importance of each child having a medical and dental home. Head Start collaborates with Covered California to assist families with resource information on affordable health care in the Sacramento County area. For more information on affordable health insurance in Sacramento County contact Covered California at (800) 300-1506 | TTY: (888) 889-4500.
Head Start creates programs for the wellbeing of the children by integrating fun and serious projects into the children’s classroom schedule.
Health a Palooza
Creativity in delivering messages to children and families is quite the challenge. The Health/Nutrition Specialists have designed a yearlong “Health a Palooza,” bringing familiar fantasy characters to centers to educate children on health, nutrition and safety topics. The children enthusiastically share these messages with their parents as they tell of the visits and fun.