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Purple FlowerLauren Zerkovich

Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator 



The Yolo County Office of Education Head Start/Early Head Start Program (YCOE HS-EHS) under the direction of the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) recognizes that the health and well being of the children in our care plays a critical role in their ability to learn and to enter the school system ready to learn.  It is also the belief of YCOE and YCOE HS-EHS that a healthy staff will more effectively perform their duties and has the unique responsibility to provide the children and families that we serve with the skills, knowledge and support that they need to establish healthy behaviors that will serve them for the rest of their lives.  A comprehensive well planned and well implemented nutrition program coupled with healthy lifestyle promotion for children, families and staff has a positive influence on the reduction of chronic disease.  This policy encourages a holistic approach to children, family and staff wellness that is sensitive to individual and community needs.

Drinking water, tooth brushing and hand washing facilities are conveniently available to child drinking waterchildren.  Tooth brushing is promoted and encouraged following consumption of meals.  Hand washing by children and staff is required before consumption of meals.

Staff is discouraged from using food as a reward and is prohibited from using food as punishment for any child in our care. 

Physical Activity:  The YCOE HS-EHS Program provides opportunity of children including child playing children with disabling conditions to be physically active in a safe environment.  Our curriculum uses developmentally appropriate components to enable children to achieve a healthy enhancing level of physical fitness.  The classroom and outdoor play environment offers children a multitude of choices for a wide variety of healthy physical activities as well as including the opportunity for self-expression and personal challenges.  Our curriculum and environment builds on the awareness of the children relative to their physical abilities and improves their self confidence.  Outdoor play is offered daily unless unusual weather conditions prohibit outdoor play.

Healthy and Safe Environment:  A healthy and safe environment supports school success.  Safer communities promote healthier children and families.  School building and grounds, play structures and play equipment will meet all current health and safety standards.  Buildings and grounds will be routinely monitored to ensure on going safe environments.  Safety procedures and appropriate training for children, families and staff will support personal safety at all times.

Social and Emotional Well Being:  Programs and services that support and value the social and emotional well being of children, families and staff build a healthy school environment.  Each center and work site shall strive to create an environment where children, families and staff are respected and valued.  A supportive environment that includes observation, guidance and social work services will be encouraged at all centers and work site to provide families and staff with the knowledge to request assistance when needed and to link them with community resources.