The following screenings will be performed by Head Start/Early Head Start Health Specialists and Family Service staff with parent permission and using evidence based equipment:
Vision Screenings – utilizing the SPOT Vison Camera Hearing Screenings – utilizing the Otoacoustic Emissions
Growth Assessments Blood Pressure – for age 3 and over
In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Early, Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services (EPSDT), the following exams are to be completed by a health care professional:
Well Baby Checks at age: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 36 months
Physicals – yearly starting at age 3
Dental Exams – yearly for children over 12 months; cleaning every 6 months is recommended and encouraged
Vision Exams – by January 1st of the school year for children age 3 and over
Immunizations must be current and kept updated throughout the program. According to KY Childcare Licensure, children may not attend without a current immunization certificate.
Children identified with special health concerns such as, Asthma, Seizures, Allergies, etc., will require a Care Plan completed by the parent and a health provider. Head Start/Early Head Start provides all meals and snacks – no outside food is allowed. If a child needs a special diet, a health provider will need to complete the OVEC Parent Permission for Special Dietary Needs form to comply with USDA requirements.
Medication should be given at home when possible. If medication is needed at school, including prescription and over the counter, a form signed by a medical provider and parent is required. Medication must be hand delivered to the teacher in the original container and with the prescription label, if applicable.
Please note: Upon being diagnosed with a medical condition or illness, a note to return to the child care may be requested.
It is best practice to obtain a note from the child’s health care provider stating when they can return and if any restrictions.
Health and physical development are crucial for early learning opportunities that require children to fully explore and experience their environment. Head Start programs provide safe and healthy learning experiences indoors and outdoors. All children receive health screenings and nutritious meals, and programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure children are receiving the care and attention they need. Children receive support for building resiliency to cope with possible adverse effects of trauma. Families also receive mental health consultation focused on each child's needs.