Head Start is a federally-funded program which provides low-income children ages three to five years with a variety of experiences to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally.
Because Head Start regards the parent as the most important teacher in a child's life, we involve parents as much as possible in every aspect of the program.
Hear from some of our parents in the video.
Through Head Start, we hope to empower children and families to reach their full potential as individuals and as members of their community. Studies show that children who participate in quality preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, grow up healthy, and find good jobs.
Head Start serves over 300 children in the New River Valley each year.
Serves 3-5 year old children
Full-day and part-day classroom-based options, five days a week from August to May.
The classroom environment is arranged to engage children and promote learning throughout the day.
The Major Objectives of Head Start are:
- To involve parents in every aspect of planning and carrying out their child’s Pre-Kindergarten program;
- To identify individual and family strengths;
- To engage parents in reaching goals they have identified for their families and children;
- To ensure school readiness by helping parents learn about child development and promote them as their child’s first and most important teacher;
- To give parents opportunities to take part in leadership roles by being members of Parent Center Committees, Policy Council, and Advisory Committees;
- To prepare children with the academic and social skills needed to be successful in Kindergarten;
- To provide medical and dental support services so that every child is healthy and ready to learn.