Head Start ~ Early Head Start Objectives for 2011 – 2012

1.            Provide an individualized, responsive and inclusive educational approach for children of all abilities and cultures that promote optimum opportunities for the healthy growth, learning and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

2.            Provide opportunities appropriate screenings for all children in the areas of health, dental health, nutrition, growth & development, and provide referrals and follow-up for prevention, intervention and services.

3.            Provide family assistance based on the “family support principles” and pay special attention in helping families and their children with life transitions.

4.            Provide family education in the areas of infant, child and adult health, mental health, child development, nutrition, injury prevention and wellness and in skills needed to achieve a better quality of life for their families.

5.            Promote the development of strong parent–child and extended– family bonds that will result in a warm, caring, and responsive home environment.

6.            Actively partner with communities and community services to promote community building, continuity and maximum opportunity for usage through referrals, networking and family and child advocacy

7.            Take a proactive approach in recruiting staff with diverse backgrounds, education, and experience to meet the needs of our program.

8.            Provide high quality supervision, support and training to staff based on the essential competencies needed to provide quality services.

9.            Ensure clear, respectful, appropriate and timely communication within Head Start / Early Head Start program and the larger community.

10.          Provide the Policy Council, Board of Directors, parents and staff with all available and appropriate information, and maximize opportunities for them and the community to improve the quality of the NCS programs.