UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start Program helps participating families recognize the importance of prevention in early identification of health concerns.  Works to maintain or improve child’s health concerns.  Health Services staff are available to address your concerns individually or at parent meetings.  Topics include the importance of well child check ups and immunizations; follow up on failed vision and hearing screenings, child growth and development, prevention and care of childhood illnesses, infectious diseases, and care and treatment of chronic illnesses such as asthma and allergies.  A strong emphasis is placed on preventive health and safety measures.  CPR and first aid training is available to all parents by contacting the Site Manager for the training schedule. 

Healthy living habits and injury prevention techniques are combined into the classroom curriculum including hand washing, tooth brushing, and safety.  A daily health check of each child is made upon arrival to the center.  This is done in the presence of the parent so the teacher/teacher aide can communicate with the parent any information about the child’s health status and to identify any specific signs or symptoms of illness in an attempt to prevent the spread of infection. 

Health services include:

  • Health, wellness, and safety education for families and children.
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Resources and referrals for families with health issues
  • Resources and referrals for establishment of medical home for ongoing access to care

Requirements for Physicals and Immunizations

Each child enrolled in the program with private or Medicaid/ArKids insurance should bring in a completed EPSDT physical form including a lead screen and an updated shot record prior to their first day in the program.  Those children participating in the program that do not have insurance will be assisted with resources and referrals to free or low cost clinics to acquire a well child checkup and establish a medical home.

Links for parents: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kids Health