Comprehensive Services

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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Early Learning

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.
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Screening
 
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.
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Health and Safety

Health Services

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.

 

 

Safety Services

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.

Health & Saftey Zone

Health:

 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. 

 
Malheur County Child Development Center strives to build a strong school readiness foundation for children and families. As such, we are committed to the following: ensuring that every child enters school healthy and ready to learn; families are involved in supporting the lifelong learning of their children ; and working with schools to ensure the continued success and education of all children.
 
Goals:
 
Physical Development & Health
*Demonstrates growing independence in hygiene and personal care such as hand washing (after toilet, before eating, wiping nose, etc. TSG:1c
*Fine Motor. Develops strength, dexterity and control needed to master use of markers, pencils, brushes, crayons, scissors, open & close backpack, & zip and snap jacket TSG: 7ab
 
Approaches to Learning
*Initiative and Curiosity. Follows two step directions. Can recognize numbers and letters as two separate categories TSG: 11ade, 12b, 13
 
Language Development
*Receptive Language. Follow two step directions TSG: 8b *Expressive. Uses social rules of language. Can control voice decibel TSG: 9c, 10b
 
Logic & Reasoning
*Problem Solving. Can problem solve independently and seeks solutions to problems TSG: 11bc
 
Literacy Knowledge & Skills
*Book Appreciation. Points to words using a left to right progression when “reading” picture books TSG: 18b *Phonological Awareness. Notices and discriminates rhyme TSG: 15a
*Early Writing: Copies or writes familiar words and own name TSG: 19ab
*Alphabet Knowledge TSG: 16ab
 
Mathematics Knowledge & Skills
*Counts up to ten. Recognizes numerals 1-20 TSG: 20a
*Uses number concepts and vocabulary such as; first, last, next to, before, after, etc. TSG: 21a
 
Social and Emotional Development
*Self-Regulation. Demonstrates independence & follows simple rules & routines. Has the ability to recognize and regulate emotions, attention, impulses & behavior TSG: 1ab,3ab
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Creative Arts Expression
*Drama: The portrayal of events, characters or stories through acting and using props or language. Uses words, actions and materials to portray a role or assume a character TSG: 36
 
English Language Development
*Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English TSG: 37
*Demonstrates progress in speaking English TSG: 38
 
Social Studies Knowledge and Skills
*Identifies personal and family structure TSG: 29
 
Science Knowledge and Skills
*Uses senses and tools, including technology, to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships TSG: 24, 28
 

Nutrition

NUTRITION SERVICES
The Nutrition Program is an integral part of the program that addresses and meets the nutritional needs of the children and families in our community.  Children are served meals daily under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (USDA).  Participants in this food program are eligible regardless of race, color, nationality, age, sex, religion or disability.  Not only are the nutritional requirements of the children considered, but their diverse individual characteristics and preferences are respected as well.  The nutritional needs of children and families are identified in relation to their health, cultural, dietary, and community needs.  Family eating patterns are acknowledged and taken into account when planning menus.
 
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Meals are nutritious and children learn to develop healthful eating habits and broaden their food experiences.  Children are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of learning experiences about food and proper nutrition to encourage them to make healthy food choices and to learn how food affects their health.  Teaching staff coordinate nutrition lessons with well-balanced meals and snacks.  Mealtime is an opportunity for children to develop social skills and build positive self-esteem.
 

Family Goal Setting

Family well-being:
Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security.  Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.
 
Families are engaged in their children's learning and development and are poised to support the lifelong success of their child. Head Start recognizes that parents are their children's primary teachers and advocates.
 
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