ERIC Number: ED356102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Health Care, Nutrition, and Goal One. ERIC Digest.
Goal One of the six national education goals now embodied in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act states that "By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn." One of the objectives formulated to meet this goal asserts that "Children will receive the nutrition and health care needed to arrive at school with healthy minds and bodies." This digest summarizes government and private efforts to fulfill this objective. Federal programs which serve preschoolers' health and nutrition needs include Project Head Start; Medicaid; and the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Examples of state-funded programs include the establishment of service centers in Kentucky and Hawaii, and support provided by nutritionists to citizens in Mississippi. Efforts to serve preschoolers' health and nutrition in health care settings include immunizations programs; a campaign to educate parents about the connection between their children's health and education; low-cost health care services provided by community health centers; and recommendations concerning children's health and nutrition offered by several commissions and organizations. Preschoolers' health and nutrition is fostered in the preschool setting by serving nutritious food in preschools, teaching children about cooking, establishing nutrition data systems, and establishing health and nutrition guidelines to be applied to child care facilities. Community initiatives include efforts to teach Mexican-American parents about their children's food requirements, establishing data systems to track families with preschool children, and instructing health care professionals about culturally appropriate ways to work with American Indian families. (BC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.