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 for pregnant women 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.
Early Head Start for infants and toddlers 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.
Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
This program is for infants and toddlers from birth to three years old. The EHS-CCP brings together the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs. Early Head Start provides comprehensive family centered services within high-quality early learning environments. Child care centers and family child care providers respond to the needs of working families by offering flexible and convenient full-day and full-year services.
Together, all children in classrooms with EHS-CCP-enrolled children benefit from low teacher-to-child ratios and class sizes, qualified teachers receiving ongoing supervision and coaching to support implementation of curriculum and responsive caregiving, and broad-scale parent engagement activities.
We have contractual agreements with Walker County School System, Dalton City Schools, Catoosa County School System and the Whitfield County School System to provide comprehensive services to qualifying children in Head Start classrooms.
These collaborations are with the Special Education Departments to provide an inclusive classroom for children with a diagnosed disability and typically developing children.
The Pre-K program serves 4 year old children 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 previously described. The Pre–K classes have the benefit of a certified teacher combined with the comprehensive services offered through Head Start.