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Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 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:
language & literacy
cognition & general knowledge
physical development & health
social & emotional development, and approaches to learning.
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. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:
family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
families as learners and lifelong educators
family engagement in transitions
family connections to peers and community, and
families as advocates and leaders.
Families are qualified for free care if they meet the Rules of Eligibility and income guidelines and/or receive public assistance through Foster Care, TANF, SSI programs or are considered homeless (defined by National Coalition for the Homeless).
Please see Income guidelines below to see if you qualify. If you are over income please call, as we may be able to assist you.