HEADSTART

 

SERVICES TO CHILDREN

The program provides services to low-income children, zero-five years of age as described below.

  • Center-based Program provides services in a classroom setting.
  • Home-Based Program meets in the family's home once a week for 1 1/2 hours.  Socialization for parent and child is held twice a month on  for 3 1/2 hours at a classroom or designated location.  Head Start socializations are conducted on Fridays.  Early Head Start socialization sessions are conducted on designated days (ask you home visitor for the day of your socialization.
  • Special Needs - Head Start, in collaboration with school districts and other agencies, serves children with disabilities and special health care needs.  Ten percent of Head Start's enrollment slots must be made available to children with a certified disability.
  • Bilingual Staff and volunteers offer guidance and support to children who do not speak English.
  • Screenings - Development and behavioral screenigns are completed on all children during the school year.  Nutrition, vision and hearing screenings are also completed.

PHILOSOPHY

Maricopa County Head Start believes that:

  • The parent is the child's most important teacher.
  • A culturally senstive curriculum creates a nurturing learning environment.
  • Through parent participation, both child and parent enrich their understanding and value of education.
  • With respect, a child's self-esteem, self-worth and confidence will be nurtured and developed.
  • Developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities encourage children to solve problems, be successful, and develop healthy interaction with caring adults.
  • Through quality education, family, school, and community working together, we can meet the needs of our children and those of future generations.