This program is for children ages 3 to 5. It is a comprehensive child development program which is child focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Head Start not only fosters healthy development in the children and the strengthening of families, but also provides a range of services in medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and parent involvement. It is designed to be responsive to each child and families developmental, ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and experiences.
Early Head Start
This program is for infants and toddlers from birth to three years old and pregnant women.
The pre-natal program is designed to work with pregnant women to insure that pre-natal medical care is received and to prepare them for the birth of their child. It is based on the findings that early intervention through a high quality program enhances children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and enables parent to be better caregivers and teachers. It also helps parents to determine and achieve their own personal goals.
We have contractual agreements with Dalton/Whitfield Daycare in Whitfield County, Dalton City Schools, Catoosa County School System and the Whitfield County School System to provide comprehensive services to qualifying children in Head Start classrooms.
The Pre-K program serves 4 year olds and is funded collaboratively through Head Start and the Georgia Lottery for Education.
The goal is to provide the learning experiences needed to prepare children for kindergarten in conjunction with the Head Start services described above.