Head Start's educational program is designed to meet each child's individual needs. Developmental screenings are provided and teachers work with parents to plan and implement their child's educational plan. Every effort is made to provide a classroom environment which is culturally comfortable to all families. Children are served in their first language whenever possible. Children with special needs and disabilities receive the full range of Head Start developmental services. In addition, staff members work closely with community agencies to provide services.
Every child receives a variety of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play, they develop in their ability to understand the concept of numbers and literacy, and they learn about their feelings and appropriate ways to express them.
The Head Start educational experience continues as families and children transition into kindergarten. Our staff teams with parents and community partners in transition activities for children as they enter elementary school. Teachers, families and children also participate in kindergarten roundups (where local schools orient and register new kindergartners) and take field trips to visit the classrooms, libraries, and playgrounds of their new schools.
Mental health professionals are available to every Head Start program. Head Start provides training for staff and parents, access to counseling services, and observations of children about whom parents and teachers are concerned.
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