Head Start is an early childhood education program for children 3 to 5 years old. This program promotes the building blocks of school readiness and lifelong learning through these six (6) areas
- Physical Development and Health
- Language and Literacy
- Cognitive and General Knowledge (Social Studies, History, Family and Community, Problem Solving and Symbolic Representation, Scientific Skills and Method, Conceptual
- Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World, Number Concepts, Quantities and Operations, Geometry, Patterns and Measurement)
- Approaches to Learning, (Music, Creative Movement, Art, Drama, Imitative and Curiosity Persistence and Cooperation)
- Social and Emotional Development
The program offers a part day center based program option for families who qualify. A home based option is available for families who prefer to gain the skills to teach their children in their homes or is the more appropriate option for children with special needs. All program options provide children with a strong foundation for both social and emotional competence for school success.
Children enrolled in the program receive developmental, medical, dental, vision, hearing, and nutritional screenings with appropriate follow-up services. Healthy meals and snacks are provided and accommodations are made for special nutritional needs when feasible.
Who We Serve
- In Head Start – Children 3 to 4 years of age are eligible to participate with priority given to 4 year olds.
- Services are available for children with special needs and they are mainstreamed into classes that are developmentally appropriate for their needs.
How We Provide Services
There are two program options
- Part Day– Children are in a center based class either in the morning or afternoon for 3.5 hours per day.
- Home Based–A teacher visits the home once a week for 1.5 hours and works with the parent to help them with strategies on how to use their home, the child’s primary learning environment, to enhance their child’s growth, development, and school readiness skills. Two socializations are also offered each month for all the children and their parents. These meetings may be held in a center based classroom, a community center, or a field trip and emphasize peer group interactions.