Health & Nutrition

  • School Readiness Begins With Health

    Because a healthy child is ready to learn, we promote the development of a healthy body and mind. Our goal is to ensure that all children can regularly see a doctor and dentist as well as stay up-to-date on immunizations and follow-up care.

    We encourage and support families throughout the school year, helping them access medical care and follow the advice and instructions of their doctors and dentists. 

    Health Services: Blood pressure

    Our health specialists conduct various medical screenings such as: 

    • vision 
    • hearing
    • height and weight
    • blood pressure 
    • hemoglobin (iron)
    • lead

    All children need to have recently visited their doctor and dentist for a full physical exam and dental exam. A copy of the child’s exams should be given to the Family Advocate or Health Specialist as soon as possible.

    Health and Nutrition Accommodations in the Classroom:

    For children with special needs or allergies, accommodations can be made to support their health during class time and meals.

    If a child has a food allergy or intolerance, a Special Meal Plan form will be given to the parent to fill out along with the child's doctor. Special Meal Plans must be returned to MHS staff before the first day of school or children will not be able to attend.

    Examples -

    • Lactose intolerance
    • Dairy allergy
    • Nut allergy
    • Difficulty chewing
    • Religious preferences
    • Gluten intolerance

     

    If a child has a disability or health concern that our teachers and staff need to know about for the child’s safety, a Child Health Plan form will be given to the parent to fill out along with the child's doctor. Child Health Plans must be returned to MHS staff before the first day of school or children will not be able to attend.

    Examples -

    • Seizures
    • Asthma
    • Non-food allergies
    • Heart conditions

     

    If a child needs any routine or emergency medication in class, an Authorization to Administer Medication form will also need to be filled out by the child’s doctor. The Authorization to Administer Medication forms must be returned to MHS staff before the first day of school or children will not be able to attend.

    Nutrition Services:

    At Head Start, nutrition is part of each child’s learning and will take place throughout the day. We serve nutritious, unprocessed, safe foods prepared in kitchens that are inspected by and comply with County Health Department regulations.

    Head Start centers participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or in the National School Lunch Program.

    If your child attends a morning class, he/she will be served breakfast and lunch. If your child attends Head Start during the afternoon, he/she will be served lunch upon arrival and a snack.

    A Special Meal Plan will be developed if your child has special dietary needs. Our goal is to have the Special Meal Accommodation in place prior to your child attending class. In order for that to happen, we ask that you share your child’s needs right away and obtain documentation from your child’s doctor noting the allergy/intolerance and appropriate substitution.  Your child may not attend class until the doctor statement is received and the special meal accommodation plan is completed.


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of
    hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan
    o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

    (1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

    (3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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