Component 3: Health Promotion

Head Start programs empower children, and all those involved with Head Start, to practice healthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on developing self-care and wellness choices for life.

Guidelines for Implementation

  • Ensure children are immunized
  • Arrange for physical, vision and hearing assessments
  • Arrange for dental exams
  • Teach and model good dental habits
  • Develop indoor and outdoor activities (for children and staff) to help gross motor skills and to promote a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Arrange for developmental assessments, and seek help of specialists as needed
  • Offer information to parents on topics like healthy lifestyles, medicine wheel teachings, FAS, pre- and post-natal care, self-care and wellness, etc.

Implementation Ideas and Community Examples

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Link to car seat safety resource for children