Educational and Social Development
Head Start offers many opportunities for children to express themselves through art, music, movement, and storytelling. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play, and learn about books, words, numbers, and the world around them. All Head Start services are customized to the individual child’s developmental level (including children with disabilities) and consider each child’s temperament, interests, and learning style.
Medical, Dental and Mental Health
Head Start programs focus on each child’s basic health needs as well as the healthy behaviors and practices that can prevent illness and enhance a child’s lifelong well-being. Head Start children receive medical and dental care. Head Start recognizes the importance of identifying and addressing health problems early in a child’s life so that they do not interfere with a child’s learning and development. The program arranges comprehensive health care for every child. This includes a complete health examination with a screening for chronic or disabling conditions, a vision and hearing test, a dental checkup, and immunizations.
Family Development, Parent Engagement and Nutritional Counseling
Head Start staff’s approach is to work with a family in a team effort from the beginning process of setting goals, to making policy and program decisions. Parents are encouraged to become engaged in every aspect of the Head Start Program. Parents and family members work in partnership with Head Start staff to set personal goals as well as Nutritional goals for their children and families. An individualized plan is designed to assist them in achieving their family goals. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom for special activities and work as paid staff.
Daily Meals and Transportation
Head Start provides nourishing meals and snacks. A trained nutritionist helps ensure that all Head Start meals are balanced. Head Start Transportation Policy requires that all buses transporting Head Start children must have a bus monitor and all children must use safety harnesses that are weight and height appropriate.
Head Start Enrollment for the September 2016 through May 2017 school session is now open.
Centers are located in Lynchburg, Bedford and Amherst.
Head Start helps preschoolers ages 3 to 5 develop early reading and math skills they will need to be successful in school.
Head Start addresses health, nutritional, social needs of enrolled children, and their families. Parents play an important part in the administration of the Head Start program.