"Head Start preschools provide children with a safe environment, nutritious meals, health care, and the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Children attend early childhood centers four half days each week.
The Head Start program focuses on child development, family support, and medical and nutritional care of enrolled children. Both programs are free of charge to children whose family's income falls within certain guidelines and to children with disabilities.
Though the young child is Head Start's primary focus, the goals of the program do not end there. The mission of the Head Start program is to break the cycle of poverty and help families become and stay self-supporting. Parents, children, and the community all benefit when the family is stable and self-sufficient.
Head Start recognizes that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher, as well as a valuable resource to the community. The program encourages parents to become involved in their child's education by participating in home visits or volunteering in the Head Start center. Once a month, either socializations or parent meetings are offered to help parents. Active Parenting classes help parents improve their skills.
Head Start is dedicated to strengthening families. Many times, lacking the basics such as food, shelter, or clothing makes it hard to be a nurturing family unit. While in Head Start, families learn to manage their own resources, accessing available community programs.
Excerpted from the preschool's website