Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low income families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. Staff assist parents with medical and dental care, provide healthy meals and snacks and supervise children playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.
Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old. Services are also available to infants and toddlers with the Early Head Start Program.
Head Start staff members offer your child love, acceptance, understanding and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems and have experiences which help them to 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.
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 screening 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 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.
Center Based - Services are available for working parents or those attending school.
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.