What can the Head Start Program Offer Your Child?
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognize that, as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. They will welcome your involvement in Head Start activities, and will work as partners with you to help your child progress.
Head Start is a family program. Your whole family is involved when your child is in Head Start.
- EDUCATION: In the classroom we provide learning experiences in music, art, science, language and math through play group and individualized instruction. USDA approved meals are provided free for all children.
- HOME VISITS: Teachers will share lessons and ideas in your home.
- MEDICAL & DENTAL: Each child receives a check up from a doctor and dentist. SOCIAL SERVICES: Families make their own decisions concerning which community services they choose to use. Services may include housing, GED, public assistance, counseling, emergency assistance, food stamps, special education, parenting classes and more.
- PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Parent involvement is a big part of our program. Parents are encouraged to help in the classroom, go on field trips with children, attend parent meetings, serve on the Policy Council and participate in workshops planned just for you. Your participation is crucial to the continuation of the program.
WHO CAN BE IN HEAD START?
Children 3 and 4 on or before September 1 of the current year will be considered.
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