Birth - 3 Year Olds
We have two options available for parents with children birth to 3 years old – our Home Visiting program and our center-based classrooms.
Our Home Visitors meet with families in their home for 90 minutes each week. When a family has a home language other than English, an interpreter attends every other week. During this time, our Home Visitors discuss each family’s strengths, strategies to achieve family goals, identify family needs, and help to identify and access agency and community resources.
Teaching Strategies GOLD is used to assess children’s developmental progress. The Creative Curriculum is utilized for Infants, Toddlers and Twos to coach family members on selecting appropriate learning experiences they can provide their child using items found in the family’s home.
Group Socialization Meetings are held twice a month as an opportunity for families and children to spend time together. The agenda is developed with input from the families, and provides an opportunity to help learn about typical child development and parenting issues.
We have a Home Visiting program for expectant mothers. A Home Visitor and Nurse will alternate weekly 60-90 minute visits, depending on the need of the mother. We use the Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum, which focuses on practices to prevent poor birth outcomes, build strong families, and promote maternal and child health.
Our infant/toddler classrooms are uniquely designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for nine children in a mixed-age group setting. Three primary Teachers partner with the parents of three children to provide consistent, individualized care and learning experiences. Using The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, the Teachers use their knowledge of where the children are at developmentally to plan meaningful routines and learning experiences for each child. Formula, baby food, diapers, and wipes are provided.
3-5 Year Olds
Head Start understands that children learn through experience and we strive to nurture the whole child in our preschool programs. In addition to language, math, science, social studies, movement, and art skills, our preschool curriculums help students develop skills in cooperation, problem solving, and personal responsibility.
We provide consistent daily routines that ensure that children stay engaged in meaningful work and play. This includes indoor, outdoor, active, quiet, large group and small group experiences. It also includes important routines like handwashing, toothbrushing, meals, and rest times. Teachers use thoughtful questions throughout the day to encourage children to think deeply, pose questions, search for solutions, work independently, and take leadership roles.