The Child Development Division provides a quality preschool education experience to prepare eligible children to be “school ready.”
Head Start is a comprehensive program serving low-income preschool children ages 3 to 5 and their families. The Head Start Program has a tradition of delivering high quality services with the overall goal of promoting school readiness by enhancing the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children. Significant emphasis is placed on engaging parents in their children’s learning and assisting parents in making progress towards their own educational, literacy, and employment goals. All facets of a child’s life are impacted through the Head Start program including education, early childhood development, health, safety, nutrition, mental health, family involvement, and community partnerships. Services are provided in either center-based or home-based settings.
Pre-K Counts is part of a state initiative to provide pre-kindergarten services to children to prepare them to enter school ready to learn and succeed in school and in life. Transportation is provided as well as nutritious meals through participation in the Child and Adult Feeding Program. Enrolled children grow academically and socially to their maximum potential.