Head Start Preschool FAQ's
(Frequently Asked Questions)
What will my child learn at Head Start?
Head Start is a well-rounded educational experience for families with children from pre-birth to five years of age. Some of the skills your child will learn are: self-help skills, sharing, taking turns, listening, following directions, problem solving, counting, and letter & number recognition.
What will my child do at Head Start?
A typical day in the classroom consists of group time, calendar, weather, free play, music, story time, computers, and gym/outside.
How do you decide what my child should learn?
Head Start teachers are trained in Early Childhood Development. They plan the children’s day with each child’s goals in mind. The teacher and the parent set these goals during the first parent/teacher conference. The teacher plans activities for children to practice skills needed to achieve their individual goals.
Can I come to visit my child’s classroom?
Yes. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s learning. Parents may ride the bus with their child and spend the day. Parents are encouraged to visit, participate, and volunteer their time and talents in the classroom as well as in the many different areas of the Head Start Program.
Will I be able to meet with my child’s teacher?
Yes, the teachers will schedule an orientation at the beginning of the year. The part year program has 2 Parent/Teacher conferences (one in your home and one at school) and the full year program has 3 Parent/Teacher conferences (one in your home and two at school). In addition, all children have an end of the year home visit at the end of the program year. Parents can schedule a meeting at any time.
What if my child has a special need?
At least 10% of our enrollment is designated for children with special needs. ACCAP-Head Start has developed a Disabilities Service Plan that provides strategies for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities and their parents.
Do I need to supply anything for school?
Head Start provides all learning materials. Children may choose to bring a backpack to carry their papers.
Do the children go on field trips and can I help?
Each teacher plans their own field trips - parents are encouraged to participate.
How many children are in a classroom?
The part day/part year program (3 ½ hrs.) will have 17 children per session.
The full day/full year program (6 ½ hrs.) will have 20 children.
The extended day program (6 hrs.) will have 20 children.
How many teachers are in each classroom?
There is a Head Teacher, Assistant Teacher and a Classroom Aide.
Does my child eat at school?
Nutritious meals and snacks are provided.
Does this program cost anything?
This is no cost to families.
What days does my child attend school?
The part year programs run Sept. – May, Monday thru Thursday
The full year programs run Sept. – Aug., Monday thru Friday
The extended day programs run Sept. – May, Monday thru Thursday