Head Start began nationally about fifty years ago as a program for preschoolers. Early Head Start was later created to address the needs of pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. The programs, both in Head Start and Early Head Start, value the concept of individualized learning experiences for children. The core of the Head Start and Early Head Start mission is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve readiness for school regardless of income.
We adhere to the belief that early learning, health, and family well-being are a part of children’s growth and development. The ways in which children who participate in Head Start gain school readiness is through activities that enhance social skills and emotional well-being. Free play, planned activities, and instruction, support language and literacy learning. Children also learn problem-solving skills and how to be self-sufficient. The positive learning environment, operated by staff who are trained as educators and held to strict state and national standards, instills a love of learning that helps children from low-income families begin their education with the same preparation as other students.
Early Head Start is dedicated to pregnant women, infants and toddlers under the age of three, and their families. The breadth of services ranges from educating parents about caregiving that fosters healthy growth and development for children, to housing stability, education, and financial support. The programs for infants and toddlers are geared to the developmental and cognitive levels of the child.