East Coast Migrant Head Start Project is committed to providing children, families, and staff with a safe and healthy environment for services. All ECMHSP centers meet state, local, and licensing requirements in addition to the OHS Program Performance Standards
Young children are better able to learn when they are healthy and have a source of affordable health care. Recognizing this truth, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project partners with local community-based organizations to ensure each child attending one of our centers has a medical home. Our partners provide a variety of health services, such as well child examinations, immunizations in accordance with schedules for children aged zero to six, dental exams, and treatment. In addition, mental health consultants visit each of our centers on a regular basis, to provide guidance in meeting the socio-emotional needs of each child, and to provide individual assessment as needed.
At each Head Start center, we employ a Health and Disability Services Coordinator, whose responsibility is to oversee the health, dental and, mental health services provided by our community partners. Staff families in obtaining needed health and dental services by facilitating transportation and providing translation services, as needed.
Extensive training and technical assistance is provided to regional, delegate agency, transportation, and center staff and families regarding best practices for providing healthy and safe environments. The grantee Child and Family Health Services Manager oversees program development of written procedures and guidance which are detailed in the ECMHSP Health Services Manual. Service plans, guidelines, and protocols for providing an array of health services and experiences are described to both staff and families through the ECMHSP Health Services Manual. Physical mental health and dental health services are supported by ECMHSP’s Child and Family Services Health Manager and Health/Disability Services Program Development Specialist who provide program development, training and technical assistance (including on-site center visits), and tracking of health services. A Nutrition Manager and Registered Dietician provide support, guidance, and training and technical assistance for nutrition services and manage the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) contracts.
Finally, we are guided by the work of our Grantee Health Services Advisory Committee. This committee is composed of state and university medical, dental, nutrition professionals, as well as physicians, nurses, dentists, and mental health providers. The committee provides guidance in developing health policies and practices for ECMHSP based on best practices and national standards. They also advocate for the needs of the children and families.
If you have any questions about the health services we provide please contact: Mercedes Hernández, Child and Family Health Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.