What is Head Start?
Head Start is a federal program that helps low-income children, their families,
and communities overcome the effects of poverty by promoting school readiness
in children and self-sufficiency for their families through the service provided below.
Head Start offers children a high-quality early education that helps them become school and
life ready. Children enjoy learning in safe and well-supplied classrooms filled with books, learning games
and computers. Teachers and children share the joy of learning and playing while helping
children build the skills needed for suture success.
Head Start welcomes and supports the inclusion of children with disabilities and their families.
Inclusion with their peers allows for age-appropriate modeling, growth,
socialization and developmental learning experiences.
Head Start and powers parents to: Be their child's first teacher. Develop skills and decision-making
group process and leadership. Join local parent committees and Head Start policy Council's.
Volunteer in the classroom. Set and meet families goals such as obtaining a GED in attending ESL classes.
Head Start pays close attention to children's health and ensures that
all enrolled children have current immunizations, dental, and health screenings.
Children learn best when they are healthy.
In Head Start, children brush their teeth every day and are provided nutritious meals and snacks.
Children learn how to make healthy food choices.
Mental Health Services
Mental health services are focused on developing healthy relationships and building
on strengths of children and families. Staff are available to help parents address
concerns such as: grief and loss, divorce, aggressive behavior, children's coping skills,
parenting skills, and routines in the home.
Staff members mean families, get to know them, find their strengths, and help them set and reach
goals by working with them throughout the program year. Head Start parents are also encouraged and improve their own literacy skills and obtain adult education. Families are connected to
community resources that meet their needs.