All About Head Start
What We Do
Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting children's growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include:
Children's readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.
Each child's perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children's learning and development.
Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. These services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. We work hard to emphasize the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:
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