Health, Nutrition, Safety
Research shows that what happens during the first five years of life is critical to healthy child development. Head Start health services promote your child and family’s overall health through education, early identification, treatment and health promotion. Our program partners with parents/guardians to obtain any necessary health services for your child to ensure they are ready for kindergarten.
Well Child Exams
Current well child exams are required for all children in the program within their first 90 days of enrollment. A sick visit to your Medical Provider cannot count toward meeting this requirement.
Current dental exams are required for all children in the program within their first 90 days of enrollment. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her first birthday.
Hearing and Vision Screenings
With parental permission, our staff conduct hearing and vision screenings on all children within their first 45 days of enrollment. Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in screenings. Parents will receive copies of screening results.
A nutrition assessment includes a determination of growth and development, and diet and physical activity. With parent permission, our staff will conduct hemoglobin screenings on all Head Start children and Early Head Start children who do not utilize WIC services. Parents will receive copies of screening results.
If health needs are identified during a screening or exam, our staff will support parents in following up with all health referrals. If your child has a health referral, they must be seen by a medical professional before the end of the school year.
A copy of the certificate of immunization status, commonly known as CIS, is required at the time of enrollment. The following immunizations are required for our program:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A (Oregon only)
- PCV (Washington only)
In Washington, your child must have all completed immunizations for their age, or be on a catch up schedule, within the first 30 days of enrollment. If your child is not up to date or on a catch up schedule, they will be excluded from class or group social until they have been brought up to date.
In Oregon, your child must have all completed immunizations for their age, or be on a catch up schedule, by the states exclusion day in February. If your child is not up to date or on a catch up schedule, they will be excluded from class or group social until they have been brought up to date.
Immunization Records by County
Hood River – Click here for graph view
Wasco – Click here for graph view
Jefferson – Click here for graph view
Our program serves pregnant women in all five counties. Enrolled pregnant women will receive education on the benefits of breastfeeding, prenatal and postpartum depression, fetal development, nutrition and the importance of oral health during pregnancy. Once the pregnant woman has delivered her baby, our staff will complete a home visit to address any concerns and to also enroll the infant into our Early Head Start program.
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
We provide snacks and meals which meet the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program standards.