Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Head Start engages parents in their children's learning and helps parents in making progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals.
Educational opportunities and funds are available for staff pursuing Child Development Associates Credentials (CDA), Family Service Credential, CLASS Observer, Associate and Bachelor degrees in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Families and incomes below the poverty guidelines are eligible for Head Start services. Children from homeless families, and families receiving public assistance such as TANF or SSI are also eligible. Foster children are eligible regardless of their foster family's income.
Parent and Community Volunteer opportunities include:
In the 2015-15 program year, Head Start served 439 children. Of these children, 30 were homeless, 11 were in foster care and 61 had disabilities. ICAA served 76,948 nutritious meals (includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks) to our Head Start children. 728 people volunteered in our program, of which 398 were current Head Start parents. 255 families were referred and received services in the following areas: emergency/crisis intervention, housing assistance, adult education, health education, parenting education, and mental health services.
Health and Human Services, Birth to Three, WIC, Local School Districts, community libraries, resource centers, Housing Authorities, community service clubs (Lions, Shop With a Cop, Giving Tree), UW Extension, Northlakes Dental, Marshfield Dental Clinic, Taylor County Oral Health, Clark County Seal A Smile, Salvation Army, local churches, CESAs, ICAA Programs—Weatherization, Connections, etc.
The Administration for Children and Families, State of Wisconsin
"[Our daughter] has learned so much since starting Head Start! They make learning fun with songs, projects, and field trips. We are so happy our daughter was able to be a part of this program as we feel this has better prepared her for 4K."
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