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- The Children’s Community Head Start Birth to Five program provides comprehensive child development services that help children and their families achieve their full potential through education, health, nutrition, mental health and disability services, and family engagement activities.
- Head Start’s mission is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to children that is respectful of their cultures and to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency through the combined efforts of parents, community and staff.
- Federal performance standards, a carefully implemented curriculum and assessment process, well-trained teachers and staff, and required programmatic evaluations ensure that The Children’s Community Head Start Birth to Five program maintains a high-quality educational environment so children can develop skills to be successful in school and life.
- The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start enrolls pregnant women and children from birth to age five.
- The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- To be eligible for our program you must meet federal income guidelines, be homeless, be a foster family, or receiving public assistance.
- The family must live in one of the 13 school districts in our service area.
Education and Curriculum
- The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start offers a comprehensive early childhood program.
- The program utilizes nationally recognized, research based curricula.
- Periodic developmental assessments and parent teacher conferences are conducted for each child.
- Collaborative agreements with several school districts enable us to also offer the New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Health and Nutrition
- At the Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start a team of health professionals ensures that the medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional needs of each child are met.
- Services include health screenings, advocacy, information and referral.
- The program ensures good nutrition by providing a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack to each child daily enrolled in the center-based program.
- Good nutrition and the importance of an active lifestyle are further reinforced in the classroom and home-based setting.
- Parents are the most important influence on a child’s development. An essential part of our program is the involvement of our parents in parent education, program planning, and classroom activities.
- The Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start has many opportunities for parents to get involved including Policy Council, Parent Committee, parent volunteers, and educational workshops.
- Family Advocates at the Children’s Community Head Start and Early Head Start partner with families to assist in identifying family goals, strengths and necessary supports.
- Information is available to families on such topics as parenting, child care, health and nutrition, child development, job training, literacy, mental wellness, emergency assistance and crisis intervention.