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Head Start Programs

The goal of Head Start is to improve school readiness of children from low-income families. School readiness depends in part on a child's health, including his or her oral health. Head Start performance standards state that each child's oral health status must be determined early in the school year and diagnostic and treatment services must be provided while the child is enrolled.

The Oral Health Program provides training, technical assistance and resources to Head Start programs on how to implement oral health performance standards.

The Oral Health Resource Guide for Early Head Start and Head Start can be used by Head Start health managers, family advocates and family service workers to help Head Start children and their families get dental care.

Oral Health in Head Start: A Resource Guide, developed by The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, offers a comprehensive listing of resources and websites.

The Ohio Head Start Association, Inc. (OHSAI) is the membership organization for Ohio Head Start programs. It offers training and technical assistance to Head Start administrators, staff and parents.

Ohio day care licensing rules require that licensed day care facilities, including Head Start programs, post the Ohio Department of Health Dental First-aid Chart in all classrooms.


Last Updated: 09/29/2016
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2018