"Head Start centers provide a secure setting where children can develop their skills under the watchful eyes of well-trained caregivers. Partial or full-day services include health and dental screenings, nutritious meals, individual as well as group learning experiences, play opportunities and other structured activities. All services and materials are designed to be age and developmentally appropriate as well as sensitive to the cultural and language environment of a child's home. Parents are included in program planning and oversight activities.
A nurturing environment that supports the healthy growth and development of each child in the context of the child's family, culture, and community:
- Parents as partners in the shared decision-making process and as active participants in policy groups; and
- Recognition of the importance of strengthening linkages within communities
Excerpted from the preschool's website