About Head Start
What We Do
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five 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 the following domains:
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.
- language and literacy;
- cognition and general knowledge;
- physical development and health;
- social and emotional development; and
- approaches to learning.
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.
Head Start Program Options
Center Based: Provides a classroom experience 4 days per week, 3 1/2 hours per day.
Child Care Collaborations: FCLC Head Start collaborates with local Child Care Centers to provide HS services.
Early Head Start Program Options
Child Care Collaborations: FCLC Early Head Start collaborates with local Child Care Centers to provide EHS services.
Home Visitation: Provides families with weekly home visits and bi-weekly socialization activities.
Who Is Eligible?
- Families with children from ages birth to five
- Must meet federal low-income guidelines
- 10% of enrollment may be children over the federal low income guidelines
- No child shall be discriminated against because of race, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, color, handicap or disability.