How and what you think, feel, and act affects your body in either a positive or negative manner. Because children must be healthy and well nourished in order to learn, Head Start pays particular attention to a child’s health concerns. Head Start ensures that all enrolled children have timely immunizations, screenings and health examinations per state Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention program requirements.

To promote healthy development, every child needs a source of continuous, accessible health care that is available even after the child leaves Head Start.

NWAHS Health Component offers:

  • Referrals to local healthcare professionals for those families without a medical or dental home.
  • Referrals and follow-up are provided for health problems identified on all physical and dental exams.
  • Health education and training provided by Child Development Specialist-Wellness to staff, parents, and children.
  • Immunization schedules and reminders provided for children identifies as being delinquent.
  • Developmental screenings that allow for early detection of health and developmental concerns.

Important Links:

Children with private health insurance, ARKids First-A (Medicaid), or ARKids First-B coverage need to have a EPSDT Physical Examination physical form and Dental Verification dental form completed by a physician and dentist prior to entry into the Head Start Program.

ARKids Application: to learn about free or low cost health insurance for children.

Required Child Care Immunizations (from pg 49 of the Minimum Licensing Requirementsfor Child Care Centers publication - Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services - Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education - Child Care Licensing Unit.)

Community Health Centers

Health Departments:

Benton County: 1202 SW 14th Bentonville, AR 72712 479-271-1055

Lowell WIC Clinic 107-A South Lincoln Lowell, AR 72745 479-770-6232

Madison County: 709 North College PO Box 800 Huntsville, AR 72740 479-738-2612

Carroll County:402 Hailey RoadBerryville, AR 72616870 423-2923

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