Description: The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) are comprehensive early childhood development programs that support income-eligible families as well as strengthen children’s skills to promote success in later life. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities that promote early learning in the areas of science, language, literacy, math, fine and large motor skills and social-emotional development. Head Start is not just for children. It is a family-centered program where parents are encouraged to become active partners in their child’s learning. Parent education, family support and social services are available to support and empower Head Start families. Families may participate in meetings or training involving topics on: health, CPR, job preparation, parenting and nutrition and may learn about many community resources.
|Brief Description: The staff must use acceptable techniques and approaches to help children solve problems.|
|Brief Description: Behavior management must promote self-esteem in children and guide children in such a way as to help each child develop self-control and assume responsibility for his or her actions through clear and consistent rules and limits appropriate to the ages and development of the children in care.|
|Brief Description: Staff and volunteers must be mature, of good character and possess suitable personal qualifications.|
|Brief Description: All buildings used for day care centers must remain in compliance with the applicable provisions of the Fire Code and Building Code of New York State or other applicable fire and building codes when the Fire Code and Building Code of New York State is not applicable.|
|Brief Description: documentation from the local government authority having jurisdiction for determining compliance with the Fire and Building Code of New York State showing that the facility has been inspected and approved once every 12 months during the current license period for compliance with the applicable fire safety provisions of the Fire and Building Code of New York State;|
|Brief Description: Every director, teacher, and volunteer with the potential for regular and substantial contact with children in care must complete Office-approved training that complies with the federal minimum health and safety pre-service or three-month orientation period training requirements.|
|Brief Description: sign in upon entry to the premises;|
|Brief Description: daily attendance records, which must be filled out at the time a child arrives and departs, and must include arrival and departure times;|
|Brief Description: All window and door blind cords, ropes, wires and other strangulation hazards must be secured and inaccessible to children.|
|Brief Description: Medication must be returned to the parent or guardian when it is no longer required by the child or, with the permission of the parent or guardian, be properly disposed of by the program.|
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