The mission of Family Resource Agency of North Georgia is to provide a comprehensive program which benefits children and families in the North Georgia communities served by the Head Start/Early Head Start and Pre-K programs. These services include meeting the educational, social, nutritional, health, emotional and psychological needs of the children and families served by the program.
Children in Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K attend classes five days a week in an environment which is conducive to learning. We encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving and self-expression. We assist children in developing a positive self-image. This is accomplished through active involvement with other children and learning to play together in a non-competitive atmosphere that includes successful experiences for all children no matter what skill level they may have achieved.
In Early Head Start, our classrooms maintain a staff/child ratio of 1:4 for 0-3 year olds. In Preschool Head Start, the staff/child ratio is 1:9 for three year olds and 1:10 for four and five year olds. Classroom activities include both group participation and individual choice. Children are encouraged to initiate activities, explore different ways of accomplishing tasks, recognize the self worth of both themselves and others and relate to other children and adults. Children are also encouraged to develop skills in self-help through taking responsibility for their belongings, toys and equipment. They learn to sort and put away items before moving on to other activities.
Individual attention is given to each child every day. Structured and teacher-led times are balanced with child directed activities and outdoor play. A daily schedule is posted in the classroom. Lesson plans are prepared weekly and approved by the Center Manager. They insure that curriculum guidelines are met in an organized manner. Teacher/child interaction is an important part of the daily routine.
The Head Start/Pre-K program uses Creative Curriculum, Kaleidoscope and As I Am as its educational, multicultural and social/emotional curriculum respectively. We screen each child using Denver II and the Devereaux social emotional behavioral screening is used when needed and assess each child using the Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum. We measure each child's progress by plotting their assessment and viewing the outcome to plan daily activities for the children and track where further training may be necessary for staff.
The Early Head Start program uses Creative Curriculum as its curriculum and Denver II for screening. Daily logs are kept of each child's activities during the time they are at the center and shared with the family. The training resources we use are Partners for a Healthy Baby and Teen Pregnancy A New Beginning.