Education & Early Childhood Development
Education involves providing a learning environment, which helps children develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and state of development.
Health, Nutrition & Mental Health
Head Start provides a comprehensive health program to promote preventative health services and early intervention. The child's family is provided with the necessary skills and insight to link the family to an on-going health care system to ensure continued comprehensive health care. Services include medical, dental, and developmental screening, exams and follow-up, nutritional services, mental health services, and health education. The child nutrition program promotes wellness of the child and family. Children and parents are offered the opportunity to receive special dietary services from the staff dietitian.
Head Start family services offer opportunities and support for family growth, so that needs, interests and strengths are identified. Our objective is to support parents as they identify needs and to meet their specific goals.
Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of services received by all Head Start participants. Children suspected of having a disabling condition and/or children with a disability are provided services including screening for possible intervention, and development and implementation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that meet the child’s specific needs. Head Start staff work closely with the local school system and community agencies to provide services that meet the special needs of children with disabilities.
Head Start has developed a special initiative to support and strengthen the role of fathers in families. The initiative is guided by the following principles:
- All fathers can be important contributors to the well-being of their children.
- Men should receive the education and support necessary to prepare them for the responsibility of parenthood.
- The roles fathers play in families are diverse and tied to cultural and community norms.
Family Support Services
Family Support Services include recruitment and enrollment of children, advocacy, and connection to community resources to improve the condition and quality of family life. Services are also available to assist families in their own efforts to become self-sufficient.
Parents are essential part of the Head Start Program. They actively participate in the classroom, in parent group activities, in their child's growth, and in the program planning and decision-making process. They serve on parent committees and may represent their center on the Head Start Policy Council.