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Providing FREE, comprehensive preschool services for income eligible children ages 3 to 5 years and their families.
Head Start is the national commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In the 50 years since its inception, Head Start has improved the lives of more than 32 million children and their families. Head Start alumni – or “Head Start babies,” as they often call themselves – are in all walks of the nation’s life.
Educators, doctors, lawyers, military personnel, artists, engineers, religious and civic leaders, and scientists – from all across the country – remember Head Start as the place where, at an early age, they acquired a life-long love of learning.
In addition to life and school preparedness, Head Start is also the nation’s laboratory for early learning innovation. Head Start offers a unique whole child/whole family program design coupled with a delivery system that includes local programs, national standards, monitoring, professional development, and family engagement. This has been the basis for many subsequent statewide and community initiatives. (www.nhsa.org)
Head Start has served over 32 million children and families prepare for school and prepare for life.
What are the components of a Head Start program?
Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start:
- Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
- Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
- Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
- Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services they need.
Parent Online Application
For eligible children 3-5 years of age, apply now for the Head Start 2021-22 academic school year by clicking on the link (to the right) and filling in the online application.