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Head Start is a national program that offers an excellent pre-school education as well as services in mental health/wellness, parent Involvement / engagement, health/nutrition, disabilities and transportation for children and families.

Education:

  • Children are taught by qualified teachers.
  • The Head Start program makes two home visits and conducts two parent/teacher conferences per year.
  • The Head Start program implements the Creative Curriculum and ELLMS Plus Curriculum.

Mental Health/Wellness:
  • Assist with family support issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, or stress related issues.
  • Provide activities that encourage the social and emotional development of children enrolled in the program.
  • Ensure mental health staff are skilled in working with children and families dealing with child behavior and family functioning.
Parent Involvement/Engagement:
  • Volunteer in the class room.
  • Participate in special events/family fun days, workshops and trainings .
  • Provide input into the program.
  • Participate in male involvement opportunities.

 

Health/Nutrition:

  • Promotes preventive health services and early intervention.
  • Utilize a health advisory committee composed of staff, parents, and community health professionals for support and guidance.
  • Assures Head Start students receive all required health exams and screenings within the appropriate time frame.
  • Assist parents to establish a medical and dental home for their families.
  • Menus meet USDA food program regulations.
  • The culture and religious needs of our general population are taken into consideration.Special dietary needs are given individual attention.
  • Meal time serves as social and educational activities.
Disabilities:
  • Work with children who are dually enrolled in both Head Start and special education programs.
  • Assist families through the referral process. Locate and provide services with outside agencies for children with special needs.
  • Identify, evaluate needs, and coordinate services to children in their families with special needs.
Transportation:
  • Children are secured in seats equipped with child safety restraints.
  • Children are only released to individuals authorized by parents.
  • There is at least one bus aide on board at all times to assist and supervise children.
Social Services:
  • Provide resources and referral
  • Work together to create a family partnership goal


Last Updated: 9/17/13
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