Best Practices for Head Start and Child Care Programs

Best Practices for Head Start and Child Care Programs

  1. Head Start Program Performance Standards
    The Head Start Performance Standards define standards and minimum requirements for Head Start services. They apply both to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

  1. Caring for Our Children
    A collection of 686 national standards for best practices, based on evidence, expertise, and experience, for quality health and safety policies for early care and education settings.

  1. Caring for Our Children Basics
    CFOC Basics contains the minimum health and safety standards experts believe should be in place where children are cared for outside of their homes.

  1. Caring for Our Children Basics: Program Review Tool
    This review tool lists the minimum health and safety standards for child care settings outside of the home. The tool can be used to assess current health and safety practices, identify where practices should be stronger, and developing strategies and plans for professional development.

  1. Health Manager Orientation Guide Page
    The Health Manager Orientation Guide provides support to new health managers through interactive learning opportunities.

  1. Fully Implementing the New CACFP Meal Patterns: Tips and Strategies for Success
    This webinar discuses the CACFP updates and strategies that can help implement changes to program meals.

  1. Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC)
    The VEEC is an online tool for early care and education (ECE) programs designed to have the look and feel of an actual ECE center. Visitors can move from room to room to find information on health and safety practices and useful resources on four topic areas so far: healthy active living, managing infectious diseases, medication administration, and staff wellness.  

  1. Local licensing standards
    This is a tool for finding and searching state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information. 


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