NACOG Head Start recognizes the importance of identifying and addressing the health and dental problems early in a child's life so that they do not interfere with a child's learning and development. The program arranges comprehensive health care for every child. This includes a complete health examination with a screening for chronic or disabling conditions, a vision and hearing test, a dental checkup, and immunizations. Follow-ups are scheduled for children with any indication of problems. Early Head Start programs provide crucial prenatal care for pregnant women as well as training in the care of newborns. These and other Early Head Start services, such as nutrition counseling, medical and dental examinations, and mental health services, continue long after delivery.

The safety and well being of both children and staff is of the utmost importance at NACOG Head Start.  All programs are required to have procedures in place to prevent injuries and to respond to emergencies that may arise.

Programs comply with strict guidelines for toy safety, cleanliness as well as center and playground safety.

Other areas covered under the Health Component are:
  • Medication Administration
  • Playground Safety
  • First Aid
  • Dental Health
  • Immunizations
  • Provider Contracting
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Crib Safety Training
 
Oral Health is the number one disease for children in Arizona and those enrolled in NACOG Head Start. NACOG Head Start has participated in nationally and State funded oral health projects over the last three years. Improving the Oral Health of enrolled children is one of the top priorities of the Health Services component. NACOG Head Start continues to expand its oral health services through local community partnerships, the establishment of oral health coalitions in local communities, and providing education to parents, staff, and other individuals.

 

Below are some Health & Dental web sites that can provide you with valuable information as a parent: