Head Start and Early Head Start

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Head Start is a federally funded program that promotes the school readiness of children age three to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas such as language, literacy, social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.

JCEO Head Start’s comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 50 years by providing services that enrich the lives of children and their families. Annually, we serve 337 children 3-5 years old and their families. Services are provided via home and center-based options.

Children with Disabilities:

Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of Head Start developmental, health and family services. In addition, staff members work closely with community agencies to provide services to meet the special needs of children enrolled.

Education:

Head Start recognizes that children have individual rates of development and different interests, cultural backgrounds and learning styles. We focus on providing an educational environment that meets the individual needs of each child enrolled to help them ready for kindergarten.

Health:

We work to make sure each child has an ongoing source of continuous accessible health care. We ensure that children are on a schedule of age appropriate preventive and primary health care including but not limited to medical, dental and mental health.

Home Base:

Home based Head Start provides parents with an opportunity to promote the education and development of their children within their own home environment. Services in health, social services, and parent involvement are the same as center based programs.

Mental Health:

A mental health professional is available to provide training to staff and parents and to make them aware of the need for early attention to the special needs of children.

Nutrition:

A program is implemented that helps the child and their families identify nutritional needs. They develop an understanding of the relationship between good nutrition and life long health. Children are served breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Parent input is sought in every aspect of Head Start, which gives the parents the opportunity to be involved in the development of the program that serves their children. Throughout the year, workshops are offered to help parents strengthen their parenting skills, increase their knowledge of community resources and learn new skills. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, assist on field trips, serve on Policy Council and Center Committees, and to become employed within the program.

Parent Involvement:

Parents are the most important teachers of their children. Their active participation in the program is vital. Parents can be involved in many ways:

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Kitchen Aides
  • Center Committee
  • Policy Council
  • Possible Employment

Social Services:

Head Start offers parents opportunities to set and achieve individual and family goals. Family workers are available to help families learn about and access community resources.


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