Health Factors

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Head Start’s Comprehensive Approach to Child Development

Head Start was created with input by experts who supported a comprehensive program: health, social services and education.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault can happen in relationships, too.

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Summer Meal Programs Fight Hunger with Nutritious Food and Innovation

Web app helps families connect with USDA summer meal sites.

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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

CDC estimates autism spectrum disorder impacts 1 in 68 or 1.5 percent of U.S. children.

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Celebrating Young Children

ACF created "Investments in Early Learning Profiles" to spotlight the tremendous progress made in recent years.

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Building Communities, Building Hope for New American Families

Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program provides hope for families.

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New Brief Highlights the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in Child Welfare Settings

Building a better understanding of the needs of LGBTQ youth in child welfare settings

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Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth

Variations in sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are normal.

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Impact of Lead Exposure in Very Young Children

Children at higher risk for lead exposure are often poor, members of racial-ethnic minority groups, and recent immigrants.

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