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Head Start

Head Start

  • To utilize staff and all resources to facilitate growth in children and their families
  • To provide a nurturing environment for children and their families
  • To encourage and provide a compassionate partnership between staff and parents
  • To provide families with a collection of community resources that address the issues that affect children

The Head Start and Early Childhood Education Program
The South-Western City School District Head Start and Early Childhood Education program is available to income eligible three and four-year-old children. The South-Western City School District strives to meet the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of each child. It provides parent involvement opportunities for families and stresses positive attitudes instrumental in developing individual abilities.

Head Start is Center-Based: Children attend half-day sessions, Monday through Thursday. Classrooms are located throughout the school district.

Benefits for Children

  1. School readiness by focusing on the child's development in: language and literacy, early math, social skills, self-help, nature and science
  2. Daily nutritious meals
  3. Close review of health history
  4. Active 'hands on' involvement in learning

Benefits for Families

  1. Opportunities to be involved in your child's education
  2. The encouragement to be self-sufficient
  3. The promotion of family literacy
  4. Opportunities to attend training throughout the year
  5. The development of Family Partnership Agreements

Facts About Head Start and Early Childhood Education

  • Parent Involvement: Parents are wanted, needed, and encouraged to be involved. We love to have parents visit the classroom and volunteer.
  • Children with Special Needs: We enroll children with special needs when our program is the best placement to serve the child's needs. We will work with you to develop an individual plan to provide the same program available for all children.
  • Transportation: All Early Childhood Education and Head Start children will need to be transported by a parent/guardian.

Head Start Centers

Bostic Center
2975 Kingston Avenue
Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-8522
Stiles Family Resource Center
4704 Stiles Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43228
(614) 801-8391 or
(614) 801-8389

We are also able to provide full-day services through the following sites within the district:

  • Cherry Creek YMCA (Fox Ridge Street, Columbus 43228) (614) 389-4661
  • Norton Road Head Start (60 Norton Rd, Columbus, OH 43228) (614) 801-6293)

School Times

A.M Head Start/Public Preschool:    7:45-11:15 a.m.
P.M. Head Start/Public Preschool    12:15-3:45 p.m.