EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Head Start provides developmentally appropriate curriculum to children ages 3-5 that fosters their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Each of our centers has one collective goal, to provide children with the ultimate quality preschool experience by promoting independence and kindergarten readiness skills.
Children receive on-going assessments each program year to determine their developmental level and individual needs. Assessments aid staff in planning individualized lessons and activities to meet and enhance each child’s skill level. Parent conferences are scheduled to discuss the child’s progress and encourage them to participate in all aspects of their child’s education and experience.
Health services are aimed toward preventative care for the child and family. A comprehensive health screening program, which includes early intervention with vision and hearing screenings, is provided. Hemoglobin and blood pressure are evaluated and documented during the physical exam. Each child receives a physical and dental examination prior to entry into the program. Identified health concerns receive follow-up care.
Each Head Start child receives nutritious meals that are served family style. A variety of foods are served to broaden the child’s food experiences. Nutritional assessments are completed by evaluating heights and weights, iron and lead levels in the blood, special diets and nutrition history. Parent education includes opportunities to assist individual families with food preparation, budgeting and nutritional skills.
Children with disabilities are served in a mainstream setting receiving all Head Start services. Some special services such as: speech therapy, physical or occupational therapy, vision and hearing are provided according to individual needs of the child. Referrals are made to existing community resources, including school districts, to collaborate with service delivery and facilitate transitioning as needed.
Head Start provides effects on children’s socio-emotional development including self-esteem, achievement motivation and social behavior. Children benefit from an environment which accepts them as individuals, appreciates their capabilities and fosters their growth. A consultant observes behaviors in the classrooms and provides services for children, families and staff.
Positive changes for the family’s personal lives, behaviors and attitudes are increased through referral and follow-up services to resources of various community agencies. Through professional staff guidance, Head Start promotes self-sufficiency for the family. Training is available to enhance strengths and achieve goals.
Head Start realizes the importance of the family and attempts to involve them in every aspect of the program. All Head Start parents are part of a Parent Committee, which assists staff in meeting the local needs of the children.
Daily transportation is offered to some children enrolled in Head Start. Children are supervised at all times while on the bus for any reason. Buses are staffed by both a licensed bus operator and a bus monitor to assist the children.