Head Start preschool programs focus on the development of a positive self-concept, sound learning skills, inclusive social attitudes, and heightened cognitive abilities for three-five year old children.
The program provides appropriate learning experiences and activities that nurture growth and positive physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development to prepare the child for entry into kindergarten.
Head Start Center-Based Option: Education and child development services are delivered primarily in classroom settings. The facilities used by a program meet state, tribal, or local licensing requirements, even if exempted by the licensing entity. When state, tribal, or local requirements vary from Head Start requirements, the most stringent provision takes precedence.
– The part-day option provides a three and one-half hour classroom experience each Monday through Thursday from September through May of the following year.
– The extended-day/part-year option provides a six hour classroom experience each Monday through Thursday from September through May of the following year.
– The full-day option serves families who are employed or in school by providing six and one-half hours of classroom experience each Monday through Friday from September through the first week of August.
Head Start Home-Based Option: Teachers make weekly visits to the homes of each family to work with the child and their parent(s). Two center-socialization days are available each month to home-based children.