What is Head Start?
Head Start is an all-inclusive involvement program for low-income preschool children ages 3 through 5 and their families. Services provided include education, health, parent involvement activities and social services for the entire family, as well as special services to preschool age children with recognized disabilities.
I don't need the assistance, but how can I help?
Head Start, a federally funded program, must provide a local match of 20% of the federal funding. This requirement is met through cash donations and in-kind gifts. Contributions are greatly appreciated and can make a difference in your community. Volunteering your time is another way you can help. Other needed donations include educational materials, medical and dental examinations. If you would like additional information regarding donations, please contact the Head Start or County Office nearest you in Daviess, Greene, Knox, or Sullivan County .
How does this program help?
Children benefit by:
- Growing mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically through provided activities.
- Learning through a variety of opportunities based on individual needs provided in safe, supervised educational settings.
- Receiving early health intervention - Children receive health screening that includes, but is not limited to, vision, hearing, speech, lead, a physical examination, and dental examination.
- Eating two nutritional meals each day - Head Start places emphasis on the importance of good nutrition through meals provided and nutrition lessons.
Parents benefit by:
- Receiving training in Parenting Skills, Nutrition, Health Care, Job Skills, Fatherhood and others based on their needs and interests.
- Taking literacy classes that include interactive activities for parents and children; adult literacy training that leads to self-sufficiency.
- Identifying family goals, strengths, necessary services and supports; establishing the roles that the families and staff will play in addressing the goals.
- Planning and decision making through participation on the Policy Council, parent committees, and other committees.
Children who are three (3) years of age by August 1st and have a household income at or below 100% OMB Poverty Guidelines or have a documented disability.
How do I enroll my child?
The best way to know if your child will qualify is to apply. Contact the Head Start or County Office nearest you in Daviess, Greene, Knox, or Sullivan County for an appointment.
Items you will need for your appointment include:
- Child`s Birth Certificate
Proof of income for past 12 months including:
- Social Security
- Child Support and/or Alimony
- Cash from odd jobs
You may provide as proof: check stubs, copies of SSI or Social Security checks (bank statements), award letters, employer statements, copy of filed tax records, etc. Copy of lease for subsidized housing tenants.
Applications, forms and requested documents can be mailed to:
Enrollment Program Coordinator
Pace Community Action, Inc.
525 N. 4th Street