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School Board of Brevard County Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program. Head Start 101. Head Start provides the foundation for a successful transition to kindergarten. Purpose of Head Start.

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School board of brevard county head start pre kindergarten program

School Board of Brevard County Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program


Head start 101

Head Start 101

Head Start provides the foundation for a successful transition to kindergarten.


Purpose of head start

Purpose of Head Start

Promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

  • in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and

    Head Start Act (Sec 636)


Purpose of head start1

Purpose of Head Start

Promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

(2) through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.

Head Start Act (Sec 636)


Goals of head start

Goals of Head Start

Child Health and Safety

Child Development and

Education

Parent, Family and Community Engagement


Eligibility process

Eligibility Process


Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Parent completes Head Start application which is forwarded to district office. Completing an application does guarantee eligibility or enrollment.

  • District staff will contact the parent to set up a face to face interview. This is required for every family who is interested in being made eligible for the program.

  • There are 2 requirement which determine eligibility:

    • Age (3 or 4 on or before Sept 1)

    • Income


Eligibility1

Eligibility

Income eligibility

  • Income based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines

  • Categorical Eligibility

    • SSI

    • Public Assistance—TANF

  • Foster Care

  • Homeless--McKinney-Vento Act


Priority lists

Priority Lists

Other factors used to determine priority:

  • Previously enrolled in Early Head Start (EHS)

  • Student with a disability

  • English as a second language

  • Parent in military currently deployed

  • Single parent household

  • Teenage parent

  • Incarcerated parent


Parent family and community engagement pfce

Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE)


Family and community engagement

Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

  • Referral services for a range of individual child and family needs

  • An opportunity for parents to participate in school decision-making- PARENT POLICY COUNCIL

  • Collaboration agreements with community agencies


Brevard c a r e s

Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Family Strengthening

  • Home Visits

  • Goal Setting

  • Family Engagement

  • Community Resources Linkages

  • Access to Family Resource Center

  • Family - Centered Planning

  • Family Empowerment and Advocacy


Shared governance

Shared Governance

Head Start grantees must establish and maintain a formal structure of shared governance through which parents can participate in policy making or in other decisions about the program. This structure must consist of the following groups:

  • Governing body (School Board of Brevard County)

  • Policy Council which is established at the grantee level

  • Parent Committee which is established at the center level


Role of parent committees

Role of Parent Committees

Parent Committees must be established at the center level. The Parent Committee must carry out at least the following minimum responsibilities:

  • Advise staff in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services;

  • Plan, conduct, and participate in informal as well as formal programs and activities for parents and staff.

  • Parent committees will receive training from District staff to carry out these responsibilities.


Policy council composition

Policy Council Composition

  • The Policy Council must be comprised of two types of representatives:

    • parents of currently enrolled children

    • community representatives

    • At least 51 percent of the members of must be the parents of currently enrolled

    • All parent members of Policy Councils must stand for election or re-election annually. All community representatives also must be selected annually.

  • No grantee staff (or members of their immediate families) may serve on Policy Councils.


Role of the policy council

Role of the Policy Council

School Board

Policy Council

Shared Governance

Program Planning

Specified Policies and Procedures

Personnel

Agreements and Contracts

Grant Applications

Fiscal Oversight


School board of brevard county head start pre kindergarten program

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