Applications and acceptance into the program are based on Eligibility Selection Criteria as outlined in the federal regulations and approved by the Policy Council. Family & Child Learning Centers of Northeast Wisconsin serves 90% income eligible children and allows for up to 10% over income children.

Child Development

Our classrooms reflect the rich cultures of the families we serve and introduce children to the world around them through active hands on experiences. As part of our primary goal to develop confident and capable children, parents and staff create individual learning paths for each child to ensure his/her success in our program. The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five describes the skills, behaviors and knowledge that our program fosters in all children. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/cdelf 

Developmental Areas Include:
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognition
  • Perceptual, Motor and Physical Development
Developmental Screenings

Screening young children is an effective, efficient way for teachers to catch problems when it does the most good – during the critical early years when the child’s brain and body are developing so rapidly. Within 45 calendar days of the child’s entry into the program, staff and parents will complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaires. This highly reliable and valid developmental screening tool looks at strengths and trouble spots, educates parents about developmental milestones and incorporates parents expert knowledge about their children.

Assessing Children’s Progress

Every child in our program is an individual, with different skills, strengths and needs. Our goal is to know as much as possible about your child so we can guide learning and plan experiences that are just right. To do this, we use an authentic, on-going, observation based assessment system to gather information on your child’s development – Teaching Strategies GOLD.

Mental Health

Head Start provides mental health services for Head Start children and families. Consultants are available to help teachers and parents encourage behaviors which move children in the direction of cooperation, making friends and appropriate choices, developing a strong sense of self-esteem and coping with life's challenges. Consultants periodically visit the classroom to work with the staff, families and children. If it seems your child could benefit from individual attention, your signed permission will be requested before any further services are offered.

Health and Nutrition

Head Start's commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children and families.

Services Include:
  • Nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks each class day.
  • Health, wellness, safety, and nutrition education for families and children.
  • Vision and hearing screenings.
  • Height and Weight measurements twice during the year.
  • Child nutrition screening.
  • Family nutrition counseling.
  • Food substitutions may be made for medical and other special diet needs.
  • Child medical / dental assistance and referral for families who do not have insurance or do not qualify for Badger Care.
  • Resource and referrals

For families who are interested, transportation is available at many of our half-day, Center Based programs.

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