Head Start Health Requirements

The JCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Program is mandated by Performance Standards to ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn.

The following exams are required:

  • EPSDT Medical Exam, including a Blood Pressure Reading and Hematocrit (HCT)/Hemoglobin (HGB) Test Results—The HCT/HGB are blood tests that detect iron and protein levels. These are indicators of anemia. In Kentucky, this test is typically conducted between nine months and one year during the well-child examination. HCT/HGB tests are also given every six months to children in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
  • A dental exam
  • Early Head Start infants are required to have a well-baby check according to the EPSDT schedule. Students rolling over into the Head Start and/or Early Head Start Program must submit updated information at the beginning of each school year.