Blood Lead Level Testing
Medical & Dental "Home"
Physical & Dental Requirements
All children entering Head Start are required to follow School District #25 and State of Idaho immunization requirement policy. Family services staff will take a look at each child's immunization record at the application appointment and recommendations may be made to update a child's immunizations and/or consult your doctor about the right immunizations for your child.
Click here for more information on Idaho School and Childcare Immunization Requirements
Blood Lead Level Testing
Lead screening measures the level of lead in the blood. Lead is a poison that is very dangerous for young children because of their small size and rapid growth and development. It can cause anemia, learning difficulties, and other medical problems. Children can be exposed to lead through many methods:
Home or child care environment:
Head Start requires that each child be tested for their blood lead level through Lead Screening by their physician. To read more about Lead Poisoning, visit WebMD at http://children.webmd.com/tc/lead-poisoning-topic-overview
Each child and family should have both a Medical "Home" and a Dental "Home". This is when a primary care doctor/dentist cares for the medical or dental needs of the child or family. This will be the place where preventive services, as well as acute or chronic care services are received. This doctor or dentist also serves as the primary care physician in the event coordination of services is needed with other medical or dental care providers. This model of health care can increase the quality and satisfaction of medical and dental care.
Every child who enters the Head Start program is required to have a physical exam within 90 days of entering the program. Most children have already had an exam in the past six months, which will qualify as this exam, however some children need to have an exam scheduled as soon as possible to meet this requirement. Generally a Medical Card or insurance will cover a well-child exam so there is little or no expense to the parent/guardian. If the family cannot afford this exam and does not have a medical card or insurance, our family services staff are glad to assist in applying for the Idaho CHiPs medical card program. Exams must be re-done on or before their annual expiration date to continue to meet this requirement. If your child's exam expires while s/he is enrolled in Head Start, you will need to get a new exam and provide proof as soon as possible.
Every child who enters the Head Start program is also required to have a dental exam within 90 days of entering the program. Most children have already had an exam in the past six months, which will qualify as this exam, however some children need to have an exam scheduled as soon as possible to meet this requirement. Generally a Medical Card or insurance will cover a dental exam and tooth cleaning every six months, so there is little or no expense to the parent/guardian. If the family cannot afford this exam and does not have a medical card or insurance, our family services staff are glad to assist in applying for the Idaho CHiPs medical card program. Program staff will track and follow-up to help the family remember to complete the next 6-month exam and any needed follow-up treatment after each exam. If your child's exam expires while s/he is enrolled in Head Start, you will need to get a new exam and provide proof as soon as possible.
Drills, Lockdowns, etc.
Head Start Calendar
The Head Start Program Calendar may be downloaded by clicking here.
Our program has a general FaceBook page that is used to post program announcements and other information that parents may find useful. Please be sure to visit it and "like" us! This will help you get our general program announcements and other information.
Classroom Pages will also be set up as "secret groups" where you can see what is happening at school, give ideas for classroom activities, message the teacher, etc.
You can find the general program FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/pocatellochubbuck.headstart
You can download a copy of "A Parent's Guide to FaceBook" here to help you if you want to know more about it.
Parent / Staff Communication
Please check your child's "cubbie" or backpack daily, and read all information that is sent home. This information is always important.
Please save the Parent Handbook that you will receive at the Parent Orientation- it has lots of good information inside, and can answer most questions that you will have about our program.
It is CRITICAL that you keep your telephone numbers, including emergency numbers and pick-up lists UP TO DATE through our Lincoln office. These changes MUST be made through the office.
Our staff are available to discuss any matter with parents/guardians that is relevant to their child and/or family, as well as family concerns.
School Lockdowns, Drills & Closures
Parents/Guardians should determine by individual circumstances if it is advisable and safe to send your child to school on any particular day.
If the building goes on lockdown, is evacuated or there is an early dismissal for emergency reasons, parents will be notified through the Infinite Campus system and/or telephone.
Emergency closures and late starts are announced on the radio and TV. Announcements are usually made by 6:00am. If a late start is determined, all classes start 2 hours later than regular time and end at their regular time.
We practice drills regularly so staff and children are prepared for general emergencies, threats of violence, or natural disasters such as fire, earthquake or flood.
Because regular, consistent attendance is a building block for school readiness, it is the intent of Pocatello-Chubbuck Head Start to teach parents how attendance impacts their child's school success, and to encourage parents to assure children are consistently in attendance, having no more than two absences in any month, excused or unexcused.
Did You Know?
Your preschooler's brain is developing faster now than it will at any other time in his/her life? This is the most important time for your child to be in a rich, stimulating educational environment! You are building a strong foundation for all future learning!
Remember! Missing School = Missing Out!
Our Family Services staff include our Family Services Manager and Family Advocates. These wonderful individuals will be some of the first folks at our Head Start that you meet.
Our Family Advocates complete application appointments with prospective families, so you will meet one of them when you come in to apply for our Head Start program. The next contact you will have from our program will generally be a letter or phone call notifying you that you are eligible for the program and are on our wait-list.
Once a child has been moved from the wait-list, to placement in a classroom, the family will receive a phone call from a family service staff member offering the placement in the program to the child. Once this is accepted, the family will come in to complete an Intake appointment with a Family Advocate.
Every family is assigned to a Family Advocate, who spends time in their child's classroom, makes reminder calls, home visits, and other contacts with your family throughout the program year. S/he is your "case manager" and will help you with goal setting, find resources for your family when needed, get you information you would like, help you with adult education, job training/placement needs, parenting needs, and much more. This is your "Go To" person for any needs, interests, questions, concerns, or problems.
Children's Services are provided by many team members. The basic members of each classroom team are the Teacher, Teaching Assistant and Family Advocate.
Many times you will notice an extra person in the classroom- these are Program Assistants, and they help out where they are most needed throughout the day. Other team members include Program Managers, our Program Director, our Program Mental Health Consultant, our Food Service staff, our Office staff, our Custodial staff, and our Program Assistant.
Sometimes we also have Early Intervention Preschool staff, ISU practicum students, ISU student teachers, and other community professionals helping in our classrooms or buildings. Finally, you will notice parent volunteers and community volunteers who spend time in classrooms, or doing other tasks in our buildings. All of these amazing partners work together to make your child's Head Start education a safe, well-rounded experience.
Guide to Human Services & Community Resources
The Guide to Human Services & Community Resources (formerly published by the University of Idaho Expanded Food & Nutrition Program) is updated annually by our Family Services staff, and is free for the use of our Head Start parents, as well as for the use of School District #25 schools, and residents & agencies serving the communities of Pocatello, Chubbuck, & Fort Hall.
It may be used in e-book form, or printed and distributed to students, parents or clients; we ask that if you choose to print the booklet, that you print it in its entirety so the obligatory notices for our Health & Human Services grant and CACFP funding are observed, as well as allowing us the courtesy of sharing the message about the services that we offer to our community.
If you have corrections, updates, or suggestions for additions to the resource guide, please mail them to our office and we will make sure they are included in the next update of the resource guide.
To download this Ready-to-Print copy (.pdf) please use this link: Ready-to-Print Note: When printing, please print the booklet in its entirelty. There are intentionally blank pages on #2 and #63 to allow for a blank page on the back of the cover, so you can print the cover on a separate colored sheet of card-stock paper before putting the booklet together and stapling/folding.
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