Receiving early health intervention is an important factor in educational success. Under the National Head Start program children are required to obtain the following health screening: vision, hearing, speech, lead, a physical examination, and dental examination.
Early childhood mental health is a child’s (birth to 5 years) growing ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions. They learn to develop close, secure relationships with peers and caring adults.
Children enrolled in the Head Start program are required to obtain the following health screenings within the established timelines:
- Physical examination
- Vision, hearing, blood pressure screening; can be done by staff
- Within 45 days of enrollment
- Dental examination
- Within 90 days of enrollment
CAPE has implemented the Brush! program. Brush! Is a dental care program for children and families within the Head Start program. This program involves a year-long oral health curriculum and support materials help your classroom talk about dental health while learning literacy, science, mathematics and creative arts. Aligned with HighScope Indicators and Head Start Domains, this curriculum meets the standards early learning sites are tasked with teaching.
An important component of Brush! is parent education
Parents are the drivers in whether their children brush their teeth, if they visit the dentist, and if they eat healthy foods. Brush! parent materials give easy to understand information on dental care, nutrition, the importance of family meals, and the importance of reading to their children.