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Head Start Main Office

1001 Worden Ave
Missoula, MT 59802-2808

Phone:
(406) 728-5460

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Program Description

The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Teacher leads songs
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our program utilizes High Scope curriculum which is an environmental curriculum. We also use Second Step, Good Talking Words, and Milville for Home Start. We use MBI which is an anti bully curriculum to help promote positive guidance within the classroom and throughout our program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Head Start recognizes parents as the child’s primary caregiver. Our program supports this philosophy through partnering with parents. Child Start, Inc. encourages parents and other family members to be involved in the program.
To this end, numerous parent involvement activities are scheduled during the year.
These include:
three program-wide activities planned and executed by parents, Feed and Read social and literacy activities, parent meetings, field trips and various other parent/classroom activities during the year. In addition to parents volunteering in the classrooms, 565 parents participated in activities in the 09-10 school year.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Our program has been in operation for the past thirty seven years.

A Typical Day

We encourage comprehensive child and family development so that families are respected for the ability to nurture and support their children and children will achieve social competence in all areas of their development.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Head Start recognizes parents as the child’s primary caregiver. Our program supports this philosophy through partnering with parents. Child Start, Inc. encourages parents and other family members to be involved in the program.
To this end, numerous parent involvement activities are scheduled during the year.
These include:
three program-wide activities planned and executed by parents, Feed and Read social and literacy activities, parent meetings, field trips and various other parent/classroom activities during the year. In addition to parents volunteering in the classrooms, 565 parents participated in activities in the 09-10 school year.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on