Dental Examination:  A dental examinations is also required for your child every 12 months.  Within 30 days of the first day of attendance, we will need the most recent exam for children in this age group as well as proof of the exams at the recommended intervals. Immunizations:  Proof of your child’s immunizations must be turned in with the enrollment application.  After reviewing the immunization record, a health specialist will let you know if your child needs additional immunizations and when proof of the additional immunization must be turned into the office.  Under Colorado law, we may be required to suspend your child until immunizations are up to date. Screenings:  We must have vision and hearing screenings on all the children enrolled in the program.  We may, at times, use the screening on the well child check instead of doing the screening ourselves.  We will send you the results of the screenings we do and advise you if any follow up/further testing is required.  We measure the children’s heights and weights during the school year.  After obtaining all the information, we will send you the results and recommendations about helping your child keep a healthy weight. Mental Health:  Through a contract with AXIS Mental Health, your family has access to Mental Health services.  You may ask for a referral for you, someone in your family, or your child.  Head Start and AXIS will be glad to work with you and your family to help you and/or your child with the process of well-being.
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Health Philosophy:   It is important for your child to feel well in order to do their best work in the classroom.  We will present ideas about good health habits throughout the school year.  Ask your child about these ideas and share your good health habits with your child.  If your child needs health insurance, please ask us about the Medicaid or CHP+ application process.  Because your child’s health affects his/her ability to learn, we will follow up with you on any doctor or dentist recommended treatment and help make sure it is completed.
Nutrition:   Head Start is committed to providing nutritious, well-balanced meals and snacks to ensure that each child can grow and learn to his or her potential.  Well-balanced meals help with brain development and physical development.  With the body being a whole system, each part can affect another, so proper nutrition is important to help the body function to the best of its ability.  We receive funds from the Child Care and Adult Food Program (CACFP) to help with the costs of providing free meals.  If you have any questions about how to provide good nutrition for your family feel free to call the Head Start office. Tri-County Head Start and Early Head Start participate in the USDA Child and Adult Food Program.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability,religion, genetics or military status.
Health Specialists:   Our Health Specialists and Health Assistants work with families and the staff at the centers.  Their jobs are to oversee the health and nutrition assessments, well child checks and dental screenings.  They do vision and hearing screenings.  They also look at the height and weight measurements of the children.  Additionally, they write health care plans and monitor follow up care recommended by medical providers and dentists.  They also oversee the nutrition program and ensure to the extent possible, that they follow medically necessary special diets. If you have any questions for the Health Care Team, or would like to learn more about what we offer, please contact us by phone at (970) 247-5960 or by email at healthteam@tchs4c.org.
Physical Examination:  A physical examination, sometimes called a ‘well child check,’ is required every 12 months for children age 2 years and older.  Proof of this exam must be given to the center within 30 days of your child’s first day of attending school.  For children under 2 years of age, a well child check is required at 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, and 18 months.  Within 30 days of your child’s first attendance, we will need the most recent exam for children in this age group as well as proof of the exams at the recommended intervals.