Comprehensive services are delivered in a learning environment that is individualized to support children's growth in the five essential domains. A minimum of 10 percent of a program's total enrollment must be children with disabilities. Additionally, Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
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Teachers facilitate individualized learning experiences to promote children’s readiness for school and beyond. Through planned and spontaneous instruction, relationships with adults, and play, children grow in language and literacy, early math and science concepts, and social and emotional development.
Staff use a screening process that identifies children who need to be referred for more formal assessments in order to receive the benefit of glasses, hearing aids, special education, or other related services.
Staff can help parents understand the referral system to obtain further diagnostic testing by an appropriate licensed or certified professional for each child with an observable, known or suspected health or developmental problem.
Health and Safety
The Child Health Services of Malheur County Child Development Center is committed to wellness that embraces a comprehensive vision of health for all children, families and staff, with emphasis on education, advocacy and prevention. Through collaborative work among staff and parents, all child health and developmental concerns are identified and addressed.
Services link children and their families to a system of on-going preventative health care. Each family is assisted and encouraged to establish a primary “medical home” to ensure continued positive health care actions and decisions that will meet the basic needs of all family members. Parents are encouraged and educated on how to become advocates for the health of their family members. They are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their child’s health care, helping them to learn the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment. The information from assessments used to individualize the program for all children, with special attention given to appropriate programming for children with disabilities.
A major goal of this area is to promote positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance life-long well-being. Program emergency and procedures clearly state how staff handle health related emergencies as well as classroom/playground injuries, illnesses or infectious diseases. Staff, parents and volunteers are taught safety techniques to provide a safe environment and model safe behaviors. Parents are also educated about safe home environments.
Children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services, and ensure that children are receiving the services they need.