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.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org