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Head Start

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low-income families.

Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children between the ages of three and five years are eligible for Head Start. Head Start is comprised of a variety of educational activities. Staff also assist parents with medical and dental care, provide healthy meals and snacks, and supervise children playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

Give Your Child a Head Start

Head Start staff members offer your child love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and experience success. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have experiences which help them become self-confident. The children also improve their listening and speaking skills. The children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good habits and enjoy playing with toys and working on tasks with classmates. Your child will leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning, and ready to succeed.

Benefits of Head Start

Education

Children are exposed to a variety of developmentally, age-appropriate activities through participation in a research-based curriculum. Children participate in a variety of activities that include: language, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-help, and problem-solving.

Health

Each child receives comprehensive health screenings and physical and dental examinations. Appropriate follow-up is monitored as needed. Training for staff and families is also provided.

Nutrition

Children participate in nutrition experiences and are encouraged to try new foods that are balanced and served in a family-style setting. Nutrition training, counseling, and referrals are available for parents.

Social Services

Families are recruited by staff for the program and assist in identifying their strengths and goals. This component also promotes community support through agency collaboration to meet the needs of children.

Disabilities/Transition

Referrals are made for services and agency collaboration is common. Transitional activities provide for families entering Head Start and those children moving on to kindergarten.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under the age of three and their families, and pregnant women and their families.

Program Goals