Head Start - First Steps
Helping our young children develop skills within our growing community
Head Start serves children three and four years of age and their families. The program is child-focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. The program serves over 800 children and families in the counties of Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Candler, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Toombs, and Ware. There are 16 centers available to families in the twelve counties, as well as, the administrative office in Waycross.
Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community.
Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services.
Latest Head Start News & Events.
Head Start staff and administration gathered together the week before classes began for preservice training and some fun! Our Head Start theme this year is Superhero Headquarters, and no phrase better describes a room full of men and women who will dedicate the next nine months to teaching and loving the children we serve. Aside from being fun, pre-service provides our staff with important information about the new school year and brings everyone together to help kick off the year with enthusiasm and team spirit!read more