Health, Nutrition, Mental Health, and Disabilities
The program mandates that each child enrolled have a complete medical, dental, developmental history, and a health screening on file. Our health staff work with families to help connect them to local health and dental providers. A completed physical exam must be submitted within the first thirty (30) days of enrollment. We partner with One Health Ohio Dental Van to offer dental exams and cleaning onsite for students twice a year.
TCAP Head Start provides breakfast to the children at 8:45 am, and lunch is served at 11:15 am (part-day sessions) and 12:00 pm for full-day sessions. The afternoon children have lunch at 12:15 pm, and a snack is provided at 2:30 pm. All meals and snacks are funded through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and therefore are provided without charge to families. All meals and snacks are healthy and are approved by the USDA and the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. Weekly fitness, oral health care and nutrition education programs are scheduled to ensure the healthy development of children and their families.
Children are routinely screened for mental health concerns, and if additional mental health needs are suspected, our team works with families and local mental health providers to schedule a professional evaluation and can arrange for children to receive services through our mental health partners while attending our program.
Each child suspected of having a disability will be observed by The Trumbull County Educational Service Center (TCESC) or Warren City Schools. If needed, a multi-disciplinary examination will be completed with parental permission.
TCAP Head Start complies with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. The program ensures that staff properly administer care and medication to children with disabilities and does not discriminate against or exclude children with disabilities in accordance with ADA requirements.