Health

Screenings
Within 45 days of enrollment, staff will complete an assessment with you and your child to learn more about your child’s development. This will help us plan specific activities for you and your child.  Assessments will be updated every 3-6 months.  Assessments are also helpful in signaling you and staff when there may be reason for concern about your child’s health or development.  Assessments will be updated every 3-6 months.

Early Head Start cares about your child’s complete development, including health! We will work with you to ensure that your child receives all the medical care that s/he needs to develop optimally and be prepared for preschool and beyond.

Screenings and Assessments
Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ - 3)
Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ: SE)
CES-D Screening
Child Nutrition Assessment
Dental Screening
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)
OAE Hearing Screening
PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire)
Prenatal Nutrition Assessment
Vision Screening
HELP Assessments
 

Components of health:

Health history / Pre-natal history
We will ask you for information about your child’s medical history and/or your prenatal care as soon as you enter the program. This helps us plan so we can make sure your family can participate in all program activities, even if you have allergies or other medical conditions. We can also help you apply for insurance for you or your child, or find a regular doctor if you don’t have one already.

Well Child Check-ups / Pre-natal care
Because we want to make sure that you and your child receive the best preventive care possible no matter where you go to the doctor, we will ask you to bring back information every time your child has a well child check or you have a pre-natal visit.

Immunizations
Immunizations are an important part of your child’s well child care. They are vaccines recommended for all children to keep them from getting and spreading certain communicable diseases. Your child will need these vaccines in order to start school. We will work with you and your medical provider to see if your child is receiving all the immunizations s/he should for his/her age.

Nutrition
By now we all know that what we eat greatly affects our health, especially for children and pregnant women. That’s why we will ask you questions about what you or your child are eating and any concerns you might have when you first start the program. This helps us plan the menu for our play groups and consult with our Registered Dietician to answer any questions you may have.

Safety
Keeping children safe is one of the hardest parts of being a parent. We will work with you to talk about many important safety topics such as childproofing your home, properly installing car seats, pedestrian safety, hand washing, and diapering.

Dental
Even though infants don’t have teeth, good oral health begins with clean gums! We give families toothbrushes to brush their teeth at play groups and we will work with you to make sure your baby receives dental screenings at his/her well child checks and a dental exam with a dentist when they are old enough.

Infant Mental Health
When we say we care about health, we mean mental health too. But what is “infant mental health”?  Because infants are so little, when we talk about their mental health, we are talking about their relationship with their caregivers, the most important people in their life, you! We want to help you have the best relationship possible with your baby.

Disabilities
Children First Early Head Start welcomes children with all levels of ability. If you suspect or know that your child has a disability, CFEHS will help you access early intervention services and make any changes necessary to help your child participate in our program. We work hard to individualize our program for each enrolled child. We will also help you coordinate services with Westside Regional Center or your local school district as appropriate.

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