October 2017: SIDS, Head Start, Read For The Record!

Many parents have heard about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and want more information about how to reduce the risk to their babies.

An article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features...

Some tips parents and caregivers can use to help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death 

  • Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times - for naps and at night.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib or bassinet, covered only by a fitted sheet.
  • Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
  • Do not allow smoking around your baby.


Head Start Awareness Month: our Early Head Start Program!

Head Start has served over 32 million children since 1965, growing from an eight-week demonstration project to include full day/year services and many program options. Currently, Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) programs are administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since the program was first authorized in 1994, EHS research has examined the program’s implementation, its impacts on children and families, and a variety of special topics such as infant and toddler mental health, fatherhood and child welfare. With a particular focus on partnerships between the research community and local programs and the Office of Head Start, the results of this body of research help to identify and build on program strengths, continuously refine and improve practices, and promote healthy growth and development of low-income children.

The Coalition is a grantee for the federally funded Early Head Start (EHS) grant serving 150 children from birth to 3 years of age in the most needed areas of Palm Beach County. Service areas include: Belle Glade (33430), Pahokee (33476), West Palm Beach (33401 and 33407), and Riviera Beach (33404).

The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish EHS as a program to serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. EHS provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families. Read more about our EHS program here!



Read For The Record 2017:

Quackers by Liz Wong has been announced as the 2017 Read for the Record Book. Join us on Thursday, October 19 as we support community partners, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and Jumpstart, efforts' to read and break a new world record.

Child care providers have the opportunity to register to be an official Read for the Record partner and our Board Members are encouraged to sign up to read to children. For more information, to sign up as a volunteer, or to request to be a reading site... please click here!




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