Head Start / Early Head Start Program Overview

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs providing center and home  based options with a focus on education, health, nutrition, and social services to pregnant women and/or families with children ages 0-5.  Together, the Head Start and Early Head Start staff and parents design  individual plans that will meet the needs of each family and nurture the development of the child.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and attend parent events.  Parents also receive training and play a key role in planning, decision making and operation of the program.  Head Start and Early Head Start offers a variety of program models to meet community and family needs.

Family Services

  • Assessment and goal planning
  • Parent Events
  • Policy Council membership, parent meeting leadership positions
  • Input into curriculum planning and other activities
  • Referrals and follow-up to community agencies
  • Parenting classes
  • Transportation to health and dental appointments if needed

Children’s Services

  • Health and dental exams, vision and hearing screening
  • Nutrition assessment (for pregnant and breast-feeding moms as well)
  • Developmental screening including social/emotional screening
  • Second Step curriculum (social skills) in every classroom
  • Individualized plan for each child
  • Special needs support
  • Literacy and language development activities
  • Tooth-brushing, good health practices and child care food program (classroom, socialization, and playgroups)

For application information call 707-822-7206 or 1-800-808-7206

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