Head Start Manages Chronic Illnesses

posted 1/20/23 -- Children with chronic medical conditions are welcome and well cared for at LCCAA Head Start.

By using Individualized Health Plans (IHPs), children who need medication or adaptation to daily activities can enjoy all the benefits of Head Start with no risk to their health.

Plans are developed with families, medical staff, classroom staff and, if needed, members of Head Start management. Plans include items such as how the condition will be accommodated in daily programming. If medication is to be given or procedures performed, details will be listed in the plan.

Plans also include what to do in the event of a medical emergency. However, by monitoring conditions, emergencies can be avoided.

It’s important to remember that anticipating and planning for a situation doesn’t mean it will happen.

Making plans and maintaining communication will help children with chronic conditions remain their healthiest.