Focus on Head Start
This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about oral health in Head Start. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.
For a comprehensive list of materials and websites, review Oral Health in Head Start: A Resource Guide on this topic.
Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. 2012. Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation: Final Report. Washington, DC: Administration for Children and Families. 114 pp. plus appendices.
This report discusses findings on the impact of Head Start. It also presents recommendations for improving Head Start practices as well as early childhood practices more generally, and it identifies priorities for future research. Topics include quality teaching and learning; parent, family, and community engagement; health and mental health; and cultural and linguistic responsiveness.
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2011. Strategies to Improve Collaboration Between State Oral Health Programs and Head Start State Collaboration Offices. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors; Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 4 pp.
This tip sheet is designed to assist state oral health program (SOHP) and the Head Start state collaboration office (HSSCO) directors and staff in enhancing collaboration with one another. It discusses how the relationship between SOHPs and HSSCOs has developed to date and outcomes of collaboration. It also provides recommendations for further collaboration. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Holt K. 2011. Dentists and Head Start: What You Should Know and How You Can Help (upd. ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 4 pp.
This tip sheet provides information about how dentists can help address the oral health needs of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start. Topics include an overview of the Head Start program, information on children’s access to services and oral health status, and promising approaches to providing care for Head Start participants. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Office of Head Start]
LeMay W, Bell L, Olson M. 2011. 2009—Healthy Smiles for a Healthy Head Start: The Oral Health of Wisconsin’s Head Start Children—Current Status, Trends and Disparities. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Oral Health Program. 19 pp.
This report describes a survey to assess the oral health of children enrolled in Head Start in Wisconsin. Information is provided on dental caries experience, caries prevalence, and the need for urgent treatment. Information on the survey methods is included, along with key findings categorized by region, age, and race and ethnicity. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. Choose and Use: Head Start Oral Health Curricula. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
This guide provides information about oral-health-related curricula appropriate for use in Head Start programs. It can be searched using four criteria: user, intended audience, topics addressed, and availability. This information is also available in a matrix format with a complete list of all curricula and selection criteria (see Head Start Oral Health Curricula: At-a-Glance). [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Washington State Department of Health. 2011. Smile Survey 2010: The Oral Health of Washington's Children. Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health. 41 pp.
This report presents findings from a statewide oral health screening survey of children enrolled in Head Start and related programs for young children from families with low incomes, as well as those attending kindergarten and third grade in public schools in Washington. Contents include key findings on disparities, untreated tooth decay and treatment need, dental sealants, and Healthy People oral health objectives. State oral health plan strategies are included.
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See also OHRC Publications and OHRC's Head Start page.
Suggest materials to OHRC for the library.
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
Health Service Head Start Program
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Find more organizations in OHRC's Organizations Database.
Resource Highlights: Focus on the Head Start. January 2013.
Reviewer: Christine Leo, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health