- 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
- School readiness by focusing on the child's development in: language and literacy, early math, social skills, self-help, nature and science
- Daily nutritious meals
- Close review of health history
- Active 'hands on' involvement in learning
Benefits for Families
- Opportunities to be involved in your child's education
- The encouragement to be self-sufficient
- The promotion of family literacy
- Opportunities to attend training throughout the year
- 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.