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Headley B. 1995. Alaska Head Start oral wellness curriculum. Anchorage, AK: Prevention Associates, 46 pp.

Prevention Associates
101 East Ninth Avenue, No. 7A
Anchorage, AK 99501

Telephone: (907) 272-6925
Fax: (907) 272-6946
Single copies available at no charge.

This teaching guide, developed for use by home visitors working with parents of children enrolled in Head Start, covers topics to involve parents in improving the overall oral health of their children. It includes several lessons for each of these broad topics: oral hygiene, diet, weaning and parental support, and a visit to the dentist. The guide outlines the teaching objectives and strategies as well as the content for each lesson; the text accompanying the diagrams and illustrations in each lesson is in English and Spanish. The guide was prepared under the auspices of the Alaska Head Start Health Improvement Initiative.

    Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Home health aides, Head Start, Parents, Health education, Self care, Dental care, Curricula, Spanish language materials, Alaska


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    Huntley B, Hagen J. 2014. Cavity free kids: Head Start and child care curriculum. Seattle, WA: Washington Dental Service Foundation, multiple items.

    Karri Amundson
    Washington Dental Service Foundation
    P.O. Box 75983
    Seattle, WA 98175-0983

    Telephone: (206) 528-2372
    Contact Phone: (206) 528-7339
    Fax:
    E-mail: info@deltadentalwa.com
    Contact E-mail: kamundson@deltadentalwa.com
    Website: http://www.kidsoralhealth.org
    Available from the website.

    This curriculum includes lessons, play-based activities, and complementary parent resources that Early Head Start, Head Start, child care, and preschool programs can use to teach children and their families about what causes tooth decay and how to prevent it. Topics include the importance of primary teeth; water and tooth-healthy foods; toothbrushing, flossing, and swishing; and visiting the dentist. Contents include circle time lessons, learning center activities, parent handouts, and family-engagement tools. A list of supplies, instructions, and Head Start learning domains and elements is included.

    Keywords: Oral health, Young children, Head Start, Early Head Start, Teachers, Early childhood education, Health education, Curricula, Training materials


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    U.S. Head Start Bureau. 2000. Curriculum in Head Start. Head Start Bulletin 67:1-35. March 2000..

    Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
    Telephone: (866) 763-6481
    Website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
    Available from the website.

    This issue provides guidance in developing a Head Start curriculum to meet the particular needs of children in their communities. Topics include defining curriculum in Head Start, curriculum and reauthorization, and planning for linguistic and cultural diversity. A framework for discussing Head Start accomplishments and outcomes, a checklist for early childhood curriculum, a list of questions and answers about Head Start curriculum, and a list of resources are also included.

    Keywords: Head Start, Curriculum development, Program development, Cultural sensitivity, Cultural diversity, Educational materials, Oral health, Parents, Children, Infants, Families, Adults


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    National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. 2011. Curriculum, assessment and the Head Start framework: An alignment review tool. Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Head Start, 17 pp, (Resource guide 1).

    Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
    Telephone: (866) 763-6481
    Website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
    Available from the website.

    This tool is designed to help a program determine how well an early childhood assessment or curriculum aligns with the domains and domain elements identified in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Assessment tool levels include coverage and balance; depth and difficulty in assessing physical development and health; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; logic and reasoning; and knowledge and skills in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, artistic expression, and English language.

    Keywords: Young children, Head Start, Child development, Assessment, Program evaluation, Curricula, Oral health


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    American Dental Association, Bureau of Health Education and Audiovisual Services. 1985. Dental health education curriculum guide for use with Head Start children and families = Head Start dental health curriculum. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Maternal and Child Health, 100 pp.

    National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
    Georgetown University Box 571272
    Washington, DC 20057-1272

    Telephone: (202) 784-9771
    Fax: (202) 784-9777
    E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
    Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
    Available for loan. Document Number: DHHS (OHDS) 86-31535.

    This curriculum has been prepared to assist Head Start teachers in offering oral health education to help children understand the importance of oral hygiene. The guide contains lesson plans for the following areas: introduction to the oral health program; visiting the dentist; awareness of the mouth; the important functions of the mouth; the importance of keeping teeth and gums clean; toothbrushing; the importance of fluoride and sealants; wise food choices for a healthy mouth; keeping teeth safe; and reinforcement activities for oral health.

      Keywords: Oral health, Young children, Health education, Curricula, Head Start, Spanish language materials


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      Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. 2012–. Dental professionals. New York, NY: Colgate-Palmolive Company, multiple items, (Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures series).

      Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
      300 Park Avenue
      New York, NY 10022

      Telephone: (800) 468-6502
      Secondary Telephone: (212) 310-2000
      Website: http://www.colgate.com/app/BrightSmilesBrightFutures/US/EN/HomePage.cvsp
      Available from the website.

      These resources for oral health professionals focus on promoting good oral health habits among young children and their families. Contents include a video, posters, an activity sheet, take-home materials for parents, a coloring sheet, and a report card. Topics include toothbrushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing.

      Keywords: Oral health, Young children, Disease prevention, Self care, Health promotion, Resources for professionals, Consumer education materials


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      Phoenix College, Department of Dental Programs. 2002–. Early childhood caries: A medical and dental perspective. Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix College, Department of Dental Programs, 3 modules.

      Phoenix College, Department of Dental Programs
      1202 West Thomas Road
      Phoenix, AZ 85013

      Telephone: (602) 285-7320
      Fax: 602-285-7330
      Website: http://www.phoenixcollege.edu/academics/departments/dental
      $40; preview available from the website.

      This continuing education course presents information on early childhood caries in infants and children under age 3. Topics include the etiology of the disease, prevention strategies, screening methods, rationale and techniques for the use of alternative restorative technique and fluoride varnishes, and disease management.

      Keywords: Oral health, Infants, Young children, Early childhood caries, Disease prevention, Disease management, Fluorides, Continuing education, Distance education


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      Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health and Head Start Oral Health Workgroup. 2002. Head Start oral health awareness lesson plans: A teacher’s guide for creating healthy smiles. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health, 61 pp.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum was developed for Head Start classrooms in Maryland to help introduce positive oral health behaviors to young children. The lessons contain activities, songs, and projects. Also included in the curriculum are letters for parents to reinforce the concepts learned and to encourage them to participate in the learning process. Lesson topics include awareness of the mouth; plaque, tooth decay, and toothbrushing; visiting the dentist; and nutrition and wise food choices.

      Keywords: Oral health, Head Start, Curricula, Young children, Educational materials, Maryland


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      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2007-. Head Start oral health curricula: Choose and use. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, multiple items.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This guide provides information about oral-health-related curricula appropriate for use in Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Users can search by audience, topics, and availability to find the curriculum that best fits their needs. A matrix to view all the curricula at a glance is also available from the website. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Young children, Curricula, Head Start


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      Boyer-Chu L. 2007. Health and safety in the child care setting: Promoting children's oral health—A curriculum for health professionals and child care providers [upd. ed.]. Oakland, CA: California Childcare Health Program, 76 pp.

      University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, California Childcare Health Program
      San Francisco, CA 94143

      Telephone: (415) 476-4695
      Website: http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum is written for health professionals and child care providers in California to promote oral health for infants and young children. Lessons address oral development, oral habits, health and oral hygiene, fluoridation, diet and nutrition, and injury prevention and care. Contents include an overview for trainers, a section on oral health basics, a wrap-around and wrapup section, and lists of organizational resources and educational materials. Appendices include a caries-risk assessment tool, a map of fluoridated areas by zip code, a brochure for parents, and an evaluation questionnaire.

      Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Young children, Early childhood caries, Disease prevention, Early intervention, Dental hygiene, California


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      [Iowa Healthy Smiles]. 2005. Healthy smiles for young children. [Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Public Health], Oral Health Bureau, 9 items.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum comprises a series of learning modules about pregnancy and oral health and about early childhood and oral health. The modules, which are intended for use by parent educators, including home visitors from Early Head Start and other programs that support healthy pregnancy, provide a basis for education and training. Topics include the (1) effects of the mother's oral health on the fetus and newborn, (2) effects of pregnancy on oral health, (3) oral health care during pregnancy, (4) gingivitis and periodontitis, (5) oral hygiene habits, (6) action steps to a healthier mouth, and (7) nutrition. A flip chart is also provided, and is available in English and Spanish.

      Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Home health aides, Home visiting, Early Head Start, Parent education, Dental care, Dental hygiene, Young children, Pregnancy, Spanish language materials


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      Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Oral Health Services. 2007. Help me smile: Oral health risk assessment protocols, training modules, and educational materials for use with families of young children (2nd ed.). [Columbus, OH]: Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Oral Health Services, multiple items.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum is designed to help lay health workers and health professionals promote oral health for pregnant women and families with young children. The curriculum is divided into the following sections: adult/caregiver, infancy, toddler, early childhood, school age, and adolescence. Topics include fluoride in water, oral hygiene, nutrition, dental sealants, oral injury, mouthguards, tobacco, oral cancer, oral piercings, "lift-the-lip" protocols for young children, dental home, and tooth decay. Also included are instructions for obtaining a fluoride analysis of a water sample. Supplemental materials include handouts for caregivers (in English and Spanish), booklets for children, assessment tools, and flip cards. An introductory video is also available. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Pregnant women, Young children, Children, Adolescents, Life course, Health promotion, Educational materials, Spanish language materials, Audiovisual materials


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      Maine Dental Access Coalition, Education Committee. 2008. Maine smiles matter: Early childhood caries prevention and education program. Augusta, ME: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Program, multiple items.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      These training materials are designed to help health and early childhood professionals recognize early childhood caries (ECC), assess ECC risk, educate families, and provide referrals when appropriate. Contents include a letter describing the training, presentation slides, pretests and post-tests, educational materials for parents and other caregivers, and related resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Infants, Young children, Early childhood caries, Risk assessment, Anticipatory guidance, Referrals, Training materials


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      Holt K, Barzel R. 2010. Open wide: Oral health training for health professionals. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum is designed to help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings (e.g., Head Start, home visiting, WIC staff) promote oral health in the course of promoting general health for infants, children, and their families. Topics include tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and anticipatory guidance for parents. Each of the four modules includes an overview, learning objectives, key points, a post-test, and resources. A glossary and a list of presentations, print materials, and videotapes are also presented. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Internet, Health personnel, Child care providers, Head Start, WIC Program, Infant health, Child health, Families, Parents, Dental caries, Risk factors, High risk children, Prevention, Screening, Anticipatory guidance, Distance education


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      Edelstein B. 2005. Opening the mouth: Continuing MCH education in oral health. New York, NY: Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery.

      Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, School of Dental and Oral Surgery
      630 West 168th Street
      New York, NY 10032

      Telephone: (212) 305-6100
      Website: http://dental.columbia.edu
      Available from the website.

      This training program provides non-oral health professionals with an introduction to oral health and tooth decay in infants and toddlers. The program discusses the prevalence of tooth decay among children, tooth decay as a chronic disease, unmet oral health care needs among children, and the consequences of these unmet needs. Other topics include an overview of oral health in America, tooth decay, and periodontal disease and its consequences. Topics are reviewed in developmental time periods (from conception to birth and early childhood). Additional information about treatment options, action steps, recommendations for states, and other sources of program support are included, along with a list of references. The materials are presented in HTML and videotape formats. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Infants, Young children, Early childhood caries, Periodontal diseases, Disease prevention, Training materials, Professional training, Audiovisual materials, Distance education


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      Lowe E; National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health; Head Start Oral Health Workgroup . 2011. Oral health for Maryland's kids: A Head Start teacher's guide for creating healthy smiles. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      This curriculum was developed to help Head Start teachers instill positive oral health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in children and their families. It also serves as an introduction to good oral health habits for children. The curriculum comprises seven lesson plans. Each lesson plan contains learning objectives, background information for teachers, Head Start domains and elements, special instructions, a description of the main lesson plan, a list of materials needed to conduct the lesson, questions to check children’s knowledge and understanding, small group supplemental/enrichment activities, and a newsletter for parents. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

      Keywords: Oral health, Head Start, Curricula, Maryland, Children


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      South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina Healthy Schools. 2005. Oral health supplemental curriculum resource. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina Healthy Schools, 2 items.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      Fax: (202) 784-9777
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Available from the website.

      These supplemental curriculum resources, designed primarily for classroom use, contain lessons that encourage children to take care of their teeth. The guides also teach children oral health concepts. Lessons and activities for students in kindergarten, second grade, and seventh grade are included and were endorsed by the South Carolina Department of Education in 2002–2003. The preschool guide, developed in 2005, draws from and was designed to be part of the original series. Each lesson includes a list of materials, background information, step-by- step instructions, and suggested extension and evaluation activities. The guides are also available on CD-ROM.

      Keywords: Oral health, Young children, School age children, Curricula, Preschool education, School health education, South Carolina, CD-ROMs


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      Alabama Medicaid Agency. 2004. Smile Alabama!: Celebrate healthy teeth, healthy mouth, healthy you!. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Medicaid Agency, 22 items.

      Alabama Medicaid Agency
      501 Dexter Avenue P.O. Box 5624
      Montgomery, AL 36103-5624

      Telephone: (334) 242-5000
      Website: http://medicaid.alabama.gov
      Contact for cost information.

      This curriculum is intended to help health professionals encourage parents and other caregivers to schedule early oral health visits for children eligible for Medicaid. Contents include red-cote tablets, small handheld mirrors, stickers and temporary tattoos, five program posters, a notebook, four pamphlet packets, three certificate packets, a box of 1-minute timers, a binder of lesson plans, and a videotape. The binder contains oral-health-awareness lesson plans for preschool and elementary-school students focusing on the functions of the mouth, how to brush the teeth and why it is important to do so, good nutrition and healthy eating, and what dentists do. Additional activity handouts and fact sheets are also provided. The videotape covers three concepts: (1) taking charge to fight tooth decay, (2) taking children to the dentist for preventive care, and (3) getting the most from oral health visits.

        Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Videotapes, Posters, Dental hygiene, Dental care, Young children, Low income groups, Nutrition, Toothbrushing, Pediatric dentistry


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        Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. 2012–. Teachers. New York, NY: Colgate-Palmolive Company, multiple items, (Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures series).

        Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
        300 Park Avenue
        New York, NY 10022

        Telephone: (800) 468-6502
        Secondary Telephone: (212) 310-2000
        Website: http://www.colgate.com/app/BrightSmilesBrightFutures/US/EN/HomePage.cvsp
        Available from the website.

        These resources for educators focus on oral health in pregnant women, infants, and young children. Contents include activity guides for Early Head Start, Head Start, and other early childhood programs that were developed in accordance with the skill areas and child outcomes contained within the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Guides for kindergarten through third grade, mobile applications, songs, posters, storybooks (in English and Spanish), a flip chart, a video, and educational games are also available.

        Keywords: Oral health, Pregnant women, Young children, School age children, Head Start, Early childhood education, School health education, Educational materials, Spanish language materials, Multimedia, Mobile applications


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        U.S. Office of Head Start. 2011. The Head Start child development and early learning framework: Promoting positive outcomes in early childhood programs serving children 3-5 years old [rev.]. Washington, DC: U.S. Office of Head Start, 28 pp.

        Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
        Telephone: (866) 763-6481
        Website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
        Available from the website.

        This document provides a framework for Head Start and other programs serving children ages 3–5, including children who are dual language learners and children with special health care needs, on key elements of school readiness. The framework is intended to guide programs in making curriculum and assessment decisions and connecting child-assessment data to aspects of Head Start program design, including school readiness goals consistent with state and local expectations. Additionally, the framework is intended to guide the collection of child-assessment data for other early childhood reporting systems, if such data are locally required. Contents include a description of 11 domains of child development and early learning deemed essential for school and long-term success, domain elements, and examples. The document is available in English and Spanish.

        Keywords: Head Start, Young children, Early childhood development, Learning, Outcome and process assessment, Data collection, School readiness, Spanish language materials, Oral health


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        Pyatt J, Spink D, Alves-Dunkerson J, Rakoz L, Thronson G, Williamson G. 2011. Tooth tutor: A simplified oral health curriculum for pre-k to grade 12 (2nd ed.). Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health, Oral Health Program and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 171 pp.

        Health Education Resource Exchange
        Washington State Department of Health P.O. Box 47833
        Olympia, WA 98504-7833

        Telephone: (360) 236-3736
        Fax: (360) 664-4500
        E-mail: here@doh.wa.gov
        Website: http://here.doh.wa.gov
        Available from the website.

        This curriculum for teachers, school nurses, and student instructors in Washington promotes oral health and learning among students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Contents include teacher background information; class activities for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, elementary school, and middle and high school; and a glossary. Topics include the importance of oral health; tooth decay; fluoride, dental sealants, and nutrition; toothbrushing and flossing; tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs; injury prevention; and visiting the dental office. [Note: Contains dated information on using fluoridated toothpaste.]

        Keywords: Oral health, School age children, Curricula, School health education, Washington


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        Toothfairy Island. 2013. Toothfairy Island. Newport Beach, CA: Toothfairy Island, multiple items.

        Toothfairy Island
        6 Robin
        Irvine, CA 92604

        Telephone: (877) 233-9033
        E-mail: info@toothfairyIsland.com
        Website: http://www.ToothfairyIsland.com
        Order from the website for a charge (materials priced separately; call for volume pricing).

        These resources provide information on oral health from infancy through adolescence. Contents include lesson plans and related products such as coloring pages, games, puzzles, puppets, stickers, videos, and worksheets. The lesson plans draw from multiple learning modes (visual, kinesthetic, auditory, musical); incorporate information on related topics such as nutrition and injury prevention; and are available in English and Spanish.

        Keywords: Oral health, Infants, Young children, School age children, Teaching, Multimedia, Spanish language materials


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        Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health. 2003. WIC lesson plans: A teacher's guide for creating healthy smiles. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health, 32 pp.

        National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
        Georgetown University Box 571272
        Washington, DC 20057-1272

        Telephone: (202) 784-9771
        Fax: (202) 784-9777
        E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
        Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
        Available from the website.

        This curriculum was developed for use by staff in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The lessons introduce mothers to good oral health care for children, good nutrition for oral health, the child's first oral health visit, and oral health for pregnant women. Each lesson plan is accompanied by an activity page for parents and children to complete together. Coordinating bulletin board layouts are also available for use in conjunction with the lesson plans or alone.

        Keywords: Oral health, Curricula, Nutrition, Dental care, Maryland, WIC Program, Educational materials, Children

             

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