General Resources

Child Care

  • Caring for Our Children (CFOC3)
    National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition. CFOC3 is a collection of 686 national standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies recommended for early care and education settings. The full document and a searchable database are available.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
    Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Children experiencing homelessness are automatically eligible for Head Start. The ECLKC is a website for the early learning community with the predominant target users being Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
  • Early Head Start (EHS) Programs
    EHS programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. They provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.
  • Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania
    The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) provides health professional consultation, training, and technical assistance to improve early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania, as well as many of training materials they’ve developed for child care.
  • National Association for Family Child Care 
    NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC)
    Information and resources to promote health and safety for young children in early care and education settings throughout the nation.
  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
    The mission of the Divsion is to implement quality standards, increase access for families, and collaborate to promote enhanced service delivery of care and education across the state.

    • North Carolina Child Care Regulations
      Included are North Carolina’s: Chapter 110 General Statutes (Law) for Child Care Facilities, Chapter 9 Child Care Rules, and Section .2800 Sanitation of Child Care Centers.
  • North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project
    Collaborative project between the NC Division of Child Development and other institutions of higher education across the state. NCRLAP’s purpose is to conduct voluntary assessments for child care centers and homes attempting to earn three or more stars within the NC Star Rated License system.
  • Office of Child Care
    The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

Health

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  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! 
    Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
  • Bright Futures
    National health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Federal agency that provides information to enhance health decisions. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • KidsHealth from the Nemours Foundation
    Doctor-Approved Health Information about Children from before Birth through Adolescence
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early. 
    Milestones matter! CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program encourages parents and providers to learn the signs of healthy development, monitor every child’s early development, and take action when there is a concern.

  • Monthly National Health Observances Toolkits
    From the National Health Information Center the observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.
  • North Carolina Division of Public Health: Women’s and Children’s Health Section
    The mission of the Women’s and Children’s Health Section (WCH) is to assure, promote and protect the health and development of families with emphasis on women, infants, children and youth. WCH programs place a major emphasis on the provision of preventive health services beginning in the pre-pregnancy period and extending throughout childhood.
  • Physical Health
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote physical health, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.

Data and Research

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  • Child Care Statistical Report
    The Statistical Summary Report is a two-page monthly overview compiling child care licensing data for all types of care, subsidized child care expenditures, and waiting list information statewide
  • Child Health Data
    Easily accessible national, state, and regional data from large, population-based surveys. Data are collected from parents and thus contribute a much needed voice in the drive to improve the quality of health care for children and youth.
  • Child Trends
    The nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. Child Trends conducts rigorous research, and provides analyses and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.

Subject Matter Resources

Advocacy

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  • NC Child
    The mission of NC Child is to advance public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children. The organization works statewide to ensure all children are healthy, safe, well-educated, and economically secure by engaging communities, and informing and influencing decision-makers.
  • NC Early Childhood Foundation
    The goal of the NC Early Childhood Foundation is to marshal North Carolina’s great people, ideas and achievements to build a foundation of opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade.

Child Maltreatment

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Children with Special Health Care Needs and Inclusion

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  • Americans with Disabilities Act
    Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Helpline
    The Help Line is an information and referral Help Line for those living with, caring for and concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.
  • Council for Exceptional Children
    The mission of CEC is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
    Training and technical assistance resources from Head Start’s ECLKC available that offer guidance for early educators and promote early childhood development, teaching, and learning for children with disabilities.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
    ECTAC supports efforts to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
  • Family Support Network of North Carolina
    The mission of Family Support Network of North Carolina is to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion
    The goal of the Center is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. Visit the Center for training materials, tools for caregivers/teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
  • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion 
    NPDCI workd with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.
  • North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program / Early Intervention Branch
    The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Sixteen Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.

Chronic Disease

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  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Allergy and Immunology
    The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology is to ensure that pediatric-aged patients receive the highest quality of care in allergy, asthma, and immunology. Educational information and resources provided.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) For Parents & Kids
    Nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Basics of diabetes treatment for children is covered, including diabetes care at school.
  • Epilepsy Foundation
    The goal of the Epilepsy Foundation is to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. Programs include activities in schools designed to educate the next generation of Americans about epilepsy — with the goal to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Programs are also focused on improving epilepsy treatment for persons with epilepsy of all ages, including emphasis on youth and seniors.
  • Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
    The mission of FARE is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies. Guidance provided for managing food allergies in child care and school settings.
  • National Diabetes Education Program
    Federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Schools and Childcare Settings 
    10 tips and additional resources to assist children and youth and their families keep asthma under control, both in and out of the classroom (and child care facility)
  • North Carolina Asthma Program
    Information for Healthcare Professionals, including Asthma Curriculum for Child Care Providers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Asthma
    EPA promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. Their purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma.

Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

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  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and Disasters
    Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs ~ Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities.
  • American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross offers resources to help families prepare for natural and human-caused disasters. Resource materials available that can be used to help children in school and home settings to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, respond safely to emergencies and recover from trauma.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets
    Tip sheets posted on the Head Start ~Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that focus on children’s responses to crises and tragic events, as well as ways to help children cope. The resources are available in both Spanish and English.
  • Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual (2015 Edition)
    The Office of Head Start developed the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition to provide Head Start programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their emergency preparedness planning process.
  • Keeping Kids Safe From Fire
    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep children safe from fire. Explore materials to learn more about discussing fire safety for children with parents, teachers and other caregivers.
  • Ready.gov
    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
  • What Happened to the World?
    Resources and materials from Bright Horizons Family Solutions on children and stress, including suggestions of ways to support children during difficult times.

Environmental Health

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  • Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
    CEHN is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG) 
    EWG is the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization with a mission to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get facts in order to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment.
  • Healthy Child Care
    A resource from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for early educators, families and government organizations. Information, resources, and training curricula on asthma, lead, mold, plastics, pesticides, tobacco smoke, and additional environmental health topics.
  • “Henry the Hand”
    Handwashing program with the vision of improving health by raising awareness of the role our hands play in the transmission of disease.
  • Household Products Database
    The database links over 16,000 consumer brands to health effects from Safety Data Sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets), provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
  • North Carolina Children’s Environmental Health Unit
    The CEHU includes three programs that provide guidance and resources on the health of children in North Carolina. The programs are the Child Care Sanitation (CCS) Program, NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), and the School Sanitation Program.
  • North Carolina Healthy Homes
    Healthy Homes provides general information to the public on healthy homes issues, such as asbestos, chemical irritants, lead, mold and moisture, pests and pesticides, radon, and secondhand smoke.
  • Pesticides
    Information and Resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Reduce Risk of Poisoning Incidents
  • Protecting Children’s Environmental Health
    Learn more from the United States Environmental Protection Agency about children’s health, the environment, and how to protect children’s environmental health.
  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
    The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
  • Toxic Free Kids
    A program of Toxic Free NC, Toxic Free Kids works with families, child care providers, schools and pest control companies to reduce the amount of pesticides and toxic substances that are used in the places where children live, learn, play and grow. Toxic-Free Kids provides resources for child care providers, including information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Immunization

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  • 2018 Child, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules
    Immunization Schedules and Tools for Health Care Professionals and Easy-to-Read Schedules for Everyone.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
    Provides a directory of national AAP immunization activities and contact information to assist pediatricians and healthcare professionals in answering immunization related questions. Immunization information for parents and clinicians provided.
  • CDC National Immunization Program (NIP)
    A disease-prevention program, NIP provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and conduct of immunization activities nationwide.
  • Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler
    Tool determines the vaccines a child six years or younger needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule.
  • Immunize NC – Child Care Facilities
    Immunization Information for Early Childhood Programs in North Carolina
  • Immunize NC! 
    The North Carolina Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps.
  • Vaccinations for Adults
    Flyer from the Immunization Action Coalition outlines vaccinations that adults may need and why.
  • Why Immunize?
    Information and resources from The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.

Infectious Disease

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  • CDC Seasonal Flu Information
    Information about the flu which is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk of serious flu complications.
  • Flu.NC.gov
    Information, in English and Spanish, from North Carolina Flu Preparedness. The site lists things that can be done to prevent individuals from catching or spreading seasonal flu. Helpful factsheets and North Carolina contact information is also provided.

Nutrition and Healthy Weight

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  • 2017 New Meal Patterns
    Revised meal patterns for child care centers and family child care homes.
  • Be Active Kids
    Be Active Kids is a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation. This health program for children ages birth to five is available to adults working in child care centers, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public’s health and preventing and controlling obesity and chronic diseases.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
    CACFP provides nutritious meals to more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults who receive daily care outside of their homes.
  • Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina
    A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.
  • Farm to Preschool
    An expansion of the national farm to school model, Farm to Preschool encompasses a range of programs and activities. It serves preschools, Head Start, center-based child care, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family child care homes.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center
    FNIC at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.
  • Go NAP SACC! 
    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC program, works with early care and education programs to set preschool children on a lifelong path to healthy eating and activity.
  • Growing Minds – Farm to Preschool
    The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Growing Minds Farm to School program provides supports and resources to give children opportunities to learn about local food and farms in the classroom, cafeteria, and community.
  • Head Start Nutrition
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote healthy nutrition, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Future
    Healthy Kids, Healthy Future encourages and supports child care and early education providers to make positive changes in their programs in order to work toward a healthier future for children.
  • Healthy Meals Resource System 
    The Healthy Meals Resource System, as USDA’s Training and Technical Assistance Component, assists state and local school food service and child care programs in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Training materials available for child care programs.
  • Infant Nutrition and Feeding Guide
    This handbook for staff who provide nutrition education and counseling to the parents and caregivers of at-risk infants who participate in the WIC Program
  • North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch 
    The Nutrition Services Branch promotes sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status.
  • Nutrition.gov
    Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

Outdoor Learning Environments

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  • Children and Nature Network
    Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature, the Child and Nature Network provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being.
  • Connecting Kids and Nature
    Information, tools, and inspiration provided to motivate caregivers and families to get children and themselves outside.
  • NC Office of Environmental Education
    Clearinghouse linking people to environmental education materials, facilities, programs and professionals across North Carolina
  • National Program for Playground Safety
    The National Program for Playground Safety serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information on playground safety.
  • Head Start, Nature-Based Learning and Development 
    Examples of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who have found a way to include nature in their daily lives.
  • North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition
    North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition goals are to get children and their families to explore, embrace and spend more time outdoors.
  • North Carolina Playground Safety Train-the-Trainer
    This website is designed for trainers in North Carolina who are providing playground safety training for early care and education programs – in order for them to meet the NC Child Care Requirements.
  • Safe Kids Playground Safety
    Safety Tips, Resources, and Research Papers from Safe Kids Worldwide
  • The Natural Learning Initiative
    The Natural Learning Initiative promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – Playgrounds
    Safety Alerts, Playground Safety Guides, and Additional Resources on Playgrounds in English and Spanish

Safety and Injury Prevention

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  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats Information for Families
    Information on How to Use Car Safety Seats and Seat Belts Correctly
  • Buckle Up North Carolina
    The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Resource Center provides information on the use of child safety seats and seat belts, occupant restraint laws in North Carolina, as well as training opportunities and statewide resources/contacts.
  • Children’s Safety Network: National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
    Resource Center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in state health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents.
  • Crib Information Center
    Resources, recalls, safety news, regulations and standards related to cribs, bassinets or play yards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Head Start Safety Practices
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote safety, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
    National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is committed to prevent shaken baby syndrome and promote the well-being of infants through the development and implementation of programs, policy and research; and to support and educate families, caregivers and professionals.
  • National Safety Council
    The NSC has the mission to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    OSHA’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
  • Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
    Provides a listing by common and scientific name of many of the poisonous plants found in North Carolina, as well as a Poisonous Plant Resource Sheet for Child Care Providers
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
    Statewide, Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Recalls.gov
    A ‘one stop shop’ for U.S. government recalls. This online resource provides the latest recall information, a method to report a dangerous product, important safety tips.
  • Safe Kids USA
    National non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury – the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

    • Safe Kids North Carolina
      The mission of Safe Kids NC is to reduce and prevent accidental childhood injuries birth through age 14.
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
    Information, resources, and publications available for families, early educators, and health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

Social and Emotional Health

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  • 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development 
    The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5 and includes goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains.
  • Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health
    Addresses the mental health of children in a developmental context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing a tool kit with hands on tools for health professionals and families for use in screening, care management, and health education.
  • Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
    The Center gathers in one place a wide range of materials that address the needs of Head Start staff and families for practical guidance on effective ways to promote young children’s social and emotional development, and reduce challenging behaviors.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
    A resource collection on trauma-informed care
  • Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
    Focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
  • Developmental Milestones
    Pathways outlines developmental milestones that children typically reach from birth through their third birthday. Milestones are sorted by age and topic (motor, sensory, communication, and feeding).
  • Harvard Center for the Developing Child
    The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.
  • Head Start – Mental Health
    Social and emotional development resources from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center.
  • Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative
    The Healthy Social Behaviors (HSB) Project was designed to assist teachers and technical assistance specialists in addressing challenging behaviors and in creating a proactive environment to ensure that children have developed the social-emotional competencies needed prior to entering school in order to succeed.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood
    Provides and promotes a model of service which exemplifies optimal emotional, social, and cognitive support for young children, their parents, and professionals in the field of child development.
  • Zero to Three
    Information provided for parents and professionals to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.

Staff Health and Wellness

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Supervision

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  • Head Start, Active Supervision
    Active supervision is a strategy that can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet explains what active supervision is and how to use it in your program.
  • Zero to Three Reflective Supervision
    Reflective supervision promotes and supports the development of a relationship-based organization. The three building blocks of reflective supervision, reflection, collaboration, and regularity, are outlined here.