Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

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Health Services

An essential part of preparing a youngster for school is making sure that they are healthy enough to learn and grow. Part of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program includes working with parents to help them take an active role in promoting their child’s health and nutrition. To do this, we encourage families to identify a medical and dental "home." We help them address common barriers (transportation, translation and cost), so that health services can continue once a child begins kindergarten.

By requiring immunizations, yearly physicals, dental screenings, TB tests, lead assessments, and nutrition assessments, the children in the MSHS program receive comprehensive care. Health and Nutrition Specialists also teach the children and staff the importance of good hygiene and healthy eating in maintaining excellent health. Children with disabilities receive an extra measure of care as we collaborate with outside agencies to provide the best treatment possible.

Food Program and Nutrition Services

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo operates a Child and Adult Care Food Program funded by the USDA. The program provides two meals and a snack each day to its Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and State childcare programs located in eight counties. Meals are prepared fresh each day using locally grown produce whenever possible. Our daily menus are low in sugar, fat, sodium and processed food. Children enjoy the meals in a Family-Style Meal Service setting. Parents report, “children receive nutritious meals, good care and education.”

Special accommodations are made for children with disabilities, food allergies and special health diagnoses. In addition, children undergo periodic nutrition assessments and efforts are made to educate staff and parents on healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The staff is very engaged in childhood obesity prevention through healthy nutrition activities and exercise.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
              Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
              1400 Independence Avenue, SW
              Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.