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Head. Start. Mission Statement. We believe in supporting families as they become successful, self-sufficient contributors to the community. What is Head Start?. Founded in 1984, a federally funded program around the US for children ages 3-5 from low-income families

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  1. Head Start

  2. Mission Statement We believe in supporting families as they become successful, self-sufficient contributors to the community

  3. What is Head Start? • Founded in 1984, a federally funded program around the US for children ages 3-5 from low-income families • Provides comprehensive family and child development services • Focus on building strengths and positive relationships with families, children & staff

  4. Head Start Believes • Children are important people • Learning is fun • Parents are a child’s first and best teachers • Early intervention in healthproblems is beneficial • Children need nutritious food • Work as a team with families is very important

  5. Programs in Our Area • Center based-children attend classes in centers, 4 days a week, 3 ½ hrs per day • morning session 8:30-12:00pm; afternoon session 12:00-3:40pm • Children are bussed directly from their homes to the centers • Family based combo-teacher visits the home 3 times per month to help parents and children attend a center once a week

  6. Programs cont’d • 4K-partnered with surrounding public school districts (Berlin, FDL, NFDL, Ripon) • ECHO-children receive services in a childcare center year round

  7. Centers (location) • Serving 262 families in 2012-13 school year • Prairie View Center (W0911 Hwy 44 Markesan) • NFDL (Early Learning Center) • Fond du Lac (19 W 1st St) • Franklin Center (401 S Military Rd FDL) • ECHO (YMCA FDL)

  8. Summer Camp • Developed in 1984 • Went from 20 children to 110 in 2012 • FDL centers participate in the nature program at Camp Vista in the Kettle Moraine Forest & Green Lake at Camp Grow • Bussed directly from homes to camp • For one week-Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-2:30 pm • Made free to families by donations from local agencies, businesses & foundations

  9. Services • Early childhood development • Language & literacy • Social skills • Science & nature • Numbers & letters • Music • Creative arts • Health & nutrition • Physical fitness

  10. Cont’d • Health services • Safety • Dental & vision & hearing • Check-ups • Mental health • nutrition • Nutrition services -Participates in the Child & Adult Care Food Program -nutritionist implements nutrition & cooking activities in the classroom -provides nutrition assessments, counseling & information to staff and families

  11. Services Offered to Parents • Job training • Child rearing • Health & nutrition • Learning to speak English • Learning to read • Obtaining a GED or HSED • Family members dealing with AODA issues • Help with medical or social services • Parents may serve on a Head Start committee to voice their own opinions

  12. Eligibility & Clients • Must reside in the county where services are provided • Meet federal income guidelines • Children must be 3 before the September 1 cut-off date • Fill out necessary paperwork • Head Start does work with children who have disabilities (autism, mental retardation & behavior issues, as well as physical impairments)

  13. Hours, Fees & Available Languages • The Head Start program is free to all participants • Hours: 8:30am-3:40pm; following the school district calendar • English, Spanish & Hmong

  14. Persons to Contact • Betty Claussen-Director 920.922.7760 ext 3512 19 E. 1st St Fond du Lac, WI 54935 bettyc@advocap,org • Lisette Aldrich-Family Development Coordinator 920.922-7760 ext 3564 lisettea@advocap.org

  15. We Feel Safe at Head Start!!!!! By: Samantha Kiefer

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