National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety

The National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety (NCHBHS) is awarded to Education Development Center, Inc. in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, and a consortium of partners, including the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, Children’s Equity Project, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) California Childcare Health Program, Sesame Workshop, the Pyramid Model Consortium, Child Trends, the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Prevent Blindness, UCSF Child Trauma Research Program, C4 Innovations, Illuminate Colorado, and University of Miami, Mailman Center for Child Development. 

NCHBHS designs evidence-based resources and delivers innovative training and technical assistance to build the capacity of Head Start and other early childhood programs to:

  • Support children’s healthy development and school success
  • Promote the safety of children, families, and staff
  • Provide inclusive, culturally and linguistically responsive services
  • Address disaster preparedness, response, and recovery  
  • Mitigate adversity through trauma-informed care
  • Advance health equity by improving child and family well-being

NCHBHS is responsive to the unique needs of children who are dual language learners, children in tribal or Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs, children with special health care needs, and children who are living in foster care or experiencing homelessness.


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The Emergency Preparedness Manual is intended to assist early childhood education programs in making a plan that will help keep their program, center, or home safe during an emergency. The manual is designed to be a workbook-style document that includes information about emergency preparedness as well as corresponding worksheets that allow you to customize an emergency plan for your program, center, or home.

When working with families experiencing homelessness, it is important to remember that children’s health and housing security are closely intertwined.This document covers the various health and wellness needs that families experiencing homelessness encounter as well as resources available to programs in these areas. 

Child care health consultants (CCHCs) can use these modules to explore six interactive, realistic scenarios to build and enhance consultation skills in the following areas:

  • Creating collaborative relationships with programs
  • Using cultural competence to solve problems
  • Applying consultation skills to oral health promotion
  • Identifying and resolving concerns
  • Improving communication skills
  • Building trust with programs

Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) represents the minimum health and safety standards required in Head Start and child care programs, family child care homes, and other places children are cared for outside of their own home. These standards seek to reduce redundancy across requirements for programs with multiple funding streams.

Encouraging tooth brushing in Head Start and child care programs helps promote oral health and teaches children a lifelong habit. Use this video to train staff to begin a daily toothbrushing program in Head Start and child care programs.

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) learning module highlights the role of the IECMHC. The interactive module is divided into lessons with realistic scenarios and short video clips. Each lesson has its own resource area designed to provide extensive support around IECMHC. 

Substance misuse can cause serious problems for both a pregnant woman and her baby. Home visitors are in a unique position to identify substance misuse among pregnant women. They can also connect expectant mothers to community resources, creating better health outcomes for the mother and her baby. Use this information to explore substance misuse among pregnant women. Learn talking points to use during a home visit, and find resources to support the expectant family. 

Children in group care settings are at increased risk for infectious diseases such as influenza (flu). Seasonal influenza affects many children each year. Simple prevention and control strategies can help to protect children and their caregivers from complications. This webinar will help Head Start staff and early care and education providers take steps to improve influenza prevention and control.

This tool can be used by state and territory CCDF administrators and training and technical assistance staff as a guide to obtain up-to-date, research/science-informed resources and practices for the development of health and safety trainings. This tool can also be used with existing health and safety trainings to train program level staff by child care health or nurse consultants or health managers in early childhood education settings. It can also be used by training staff in child care centers and family child care homes to identify resources and materials for training of staff in programs on health and safety topics. The tool also includes resources for states to use for health and safety trainings (e.g. including online modules, training materials, webinars, and other written and online resources).

Early care and education programs can share these summer safety tips with families. Find tips and resources on learning weather limits. Learn more about applying sunscreen and insect repellent, staying hydrated, and playground and water safety. 

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