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Health and Nutrition

The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself. (Dale Carnegie)

Rationale: The health of children, their families, and program staff is of the highest priority. Evidence indicates that lifetime health and eating habits are formed at an early age. Children's environments assist them in forming lifelong general health and nutrition habits, with families as the major source of influence over these habits. Prevention, health promotion (e.g., oral, visual, mental and physical health), early identification and intervention, and healthy nutritional practices are key components in facilitating children's learning and lives.

Outcomes: The Early Childhood Program ensures high-quality health and nutrition, which demonstrates an environment that is conducive to developing healthy minds and bodies.

Standard 1: In conjunction with families, the quality early childhood program promotes healthy practices for children and families.

Indicator 1. Information is available to families on topics such as child and family health, nutrition, and safety.

Indicator 2. Families are assisted in recognizing their role as their child's most important teacher in developing and modeling good health and nutrition habits.

Indicator 3. Families are made aware of available programs on children's health and nutrition.

Indicator 4. The program incorporates positive health, nutrition, and safety concepts and practices as part of the learning experiences of the child and family.

Indicator 5. Families are encouraged to complete their child's health assessment as well as periodic health checkups to ensure a well child and a healthy life-style.

Standard 2: The health of all children and staff is protected and enhanced by the program.

Indicator 1. Program policies and practices address illnesses and injuries of staff and children, emergency transportation, universal precautions, and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Indicator 2. Program requirements enforce preventive health care, such as regular health checks and immunizations for all children and staff.

Indicator 3. The learning environment provides ongoing health education for all children, families, and staff.

Indicator 4: Program policies and procedures support collaboration among the family and community providers to ensure consistent quality health practices and services for each child.

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