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Head Start is a federally funded program, a comprehensive child development and preschool program for children ages birth to five years from low income families. Head Start also serves children with special needs.
WHERE IS HEAD START?
There are Head Start programs in every state. Locally, Head Start is operated through Cherokee Tribal Child Care Services on the Qualla Boundary at the Dora Reed Center and the Big Cove Center.
WHAT DOES HEAD START TEACH?
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Head Start staff offer your child love, acceptance, understanding, and opportunities for success in preparing them with school readiness skills. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have many experiences which help them become self-confident.
WHAT DOES HEAD START DO FOR PARENTS?
Head Start recognizes that as parents you are the first and foremost teachers of your children. Teachers and staff will welcome your involvement and will work as partners with you to help your child develop skills needed for school readiness. Written information, group meetings, and workshops are also available to all parents, guardians, etc.
There are extended hours for parents that are working or going to school.
WHAT DOES HEAD START COST AND HOW CAN I ENROLL MY CHILD?
There is no cost for Head Start programs. To apply come by the Dora Reed Center during center hours to pick up an application, or download the application here, or call 828-359-6592 for more information.
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
Comprehensive health screenings for each child, and follow-up treatment if needed. Staff will assist parents with agencies that provide needed services such as rental assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, employment or educational opportunities, and services for children with special needs.
• Developmental screenings
• Speech screenings
• Individualized activities
• Services to children with special needs
• Inclusion - therapy class
• State-approved curriculum
• School readiness skills
• Planned transition activities into kindergarten
• Mental health services
• Behavior services
• Disability services
• Dietitian approved menus
• Healthy meals and snacks
• Nutrition assessments
• Consultation with dietitian
• Hearing screenings
• Vision screenings
• Dental exams
• Growth assessments
• Fire safety
• Child abuse / neglect
• How to budget
• Dental health care
• Discipline techniques for young children
• How to obtain legal services