Child Health and Developmental Services

Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff. Our objective is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.  

The Ronald MacDonald Care Mobile is a very important resource for our families who find it difficult to find a Dentist near them.

Child Health & Safety

Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. Our objective is to support healthy physical development by encouraging practices that prevent illness or injury and by promoting positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance life-long well-being. 

Child Health & Nutrition

Our objective is to promote child wellness by providing nutrition services that supplement and complement those of the home and community. Head Start’s child nutrition services assists families in meeting each child’s nutrition needs and in establishing good eating habits that nurture healthy development and promote life-long well-being.

Health Screenings

45 Day Requirements are as follows: Each Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five child must have a vision screening, a hearing screening, A developmental screening and a social-emotional screening. Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five staff are able to complete these screenings.

90 Day Requirements are as follows: Each Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five child must have a documented completion of and/or obtained from a health care professional a physical exam, lead test which are required at age 1 and 2 or if one has not been completed by children older than 2. If you have proof a lead test was completed at age two or above, the requirement has been met, and a dental exam for all children above the age of 1.

Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC)

This committee meets two times each year and on an as-needed basis to plan and review the health and nutrition program policies and procedures of our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. HSAC also reviews health stats of Badlands Head Start: Prenatal to Five. This meeting is facilitated by the Health, Nutrition & Safety Specialist. Many health care professionals and parents from the community are members of this committee.

HSAC Minutes

December 2020 Minutes

December 2016 Minutes

Health Newsletters

February/March (2014-2015) Health Newsletter

December/January (2014-2015) Health Newsletter

August/September (2013-2014) Health Newsletter

August/September (2014-2015) Health Newsletter

Summer 2014 Health Newsletter

Policy Council
Employment Opportunities

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:, 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; or

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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