Child Health Services
PCA Head Start encompasses a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. This is accomplished through collaborative efforts among families, staff, and health professionals to insure all child health and development concerns are identified. Children and families are linked to ongoing sources of continuous accessible care that meet their basic health needs while in the program. Medical homes are established with the family to promote healthy development long after the family leaves Head Start.
Health services include physical examinations, vision screens/exams, hearing screens, and dental examinations. Follow-up treatment is provided for identified medical and/or dental problems.
Staff, community partners and parents play an increasingly important role in helping families advocate for health needs within a complex and changing health care system. Head Start helps promote families’ advocacy skills by:
Identifying and documenting health concerns.
Networking with other families who may have similar needs.
Identifying available resources for information and services.
Effectively communicating with health professionals.