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Children’s health is a cornerstone of early learning and development. Chicago Early Learning programs actively support children’s medical and dental health.

health News

It’s that time of the year, flu season. Providers need to take extra precaution against the spread of the flu. Below is a link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) containing guidance on symptoms, cleaning and disinfecting, hand washing and treatment. The website also has resources for staff and parents as well as additional information to guard against the spread of the flu.  If you haven’t already done so, send letters and/or informational flyers home to inform parents about the best way to protect against flu season.  

Click here for more information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm

Remember these everyday preventative actions:

    · Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
       are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    · Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    · Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    · Stay home when you are sick.
    · Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    · Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 Check out the resource section below for additional informational fliers.

health POLICIES & PROCEDURES

AGENCY HEALTH SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL (HSAC) FORM 
Agencies should complete these forms and send their meeting schedule to their assigned monitoring team. See CELS 2.0, chapter 8 II.H. on page 123.

STATE OF ILLINOIS CERTIFICATE OF CHILD EXAM 
State of Illinois law requires proof of a physical examination dated no earlier than one year prior to a child’s entrance into the program. Proof of physical exam and immunization dates and records must be submitted on the Child Health Examination Form. The Child Health Examination Form must be kept in each child’s file.

STATE OF ILLINOIS CERTIFICATE OF RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FORM
This form must be signed by the authorized examining health care provider who conducted the child's health examination. This form must be kept in a child’s file. 

DENTAL FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT FORM
Dentist should complete this form when a child needs further treatment. This form must be kept in a child’s file.

COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FOR DENTAL SERVICES
This document is a template for a dental services cooperative agreement. Agencies may add their letterhead and adopt when partnering with dentists and dental providers. 

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHCARE AND FAMILY SERVICES (HFS) DENTAL PROGRAM FEE SCHEDULE FOR CHICAGO 2020
This document provides the schedule program fee for dental services according to procedure. 

health RESOURCES

All classrooms should have the following resources/posters and/or procedures posted: emergency phone numbers, medical/dental emergency procedures, CPR/first aid, emergency evacuation, procedures for what to do if someone is choking; food allergy, hand washing, diapering/toileting, gloving, storage of hazardous materials, and mandated reporter.

Attached are some of resources mentioned, such as poster and fliers, to use at your agencies as references:
    · Handwashing Poster for Children (English)
    · Handwashing Poster for Children (Spanish)
    · Everyday Preventive Actions 
    · Flu Guide for Parents


Community Health Clinics are neighborhood-based health care clinics that provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to everyone, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Services offered include prenatal care, pediatric care and help managing chronic diseases.

To find a community health clinic by zip code, please access the website below:
https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/?zip=60634&radius=5&incrementalsearch=true

Please access the website below to:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/health_services/svcs/find_a_communityhealthcenter.html
    · Find a free clinic in Chicago and Illinois, go to the Illinois Association of Free and 
      Charitable Clinics’. 
    · Enroll in health coverage, including Medicaid or Marketplace.
    · Learn how to use your Medicaid or Marketplace health coverage.