Head Start is a developmental program to identify and meet the individual needs of income eligible children and their families. Parents and teachers work together to meet the needs of the children and their immediate families through activities for emotional, social, intellectual, and physical growth.
- Who Is Eligible
- Child Development
- Health & Safety
- Mental Health & Severe Disabilities
- Family Partnerships
- Program Governance/Parent Involvement
- Community Partnerships Literacy Program
- Thirty-Six (36) Centers (See Next Page: Click Here)
- Daycare Services
Child Development: During orientation and enrollment each child receives a developmental screening. This screening is the first step in planning for the Student Education Plan (SEP). After enrollment and classes begin, developmental assessments are completed on each child every three (3) months to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Classroom activities and Student Education Plans are formulated from this assessment and ongoing observation. Each parent receives monthly home or center visits. During this visit the teacher and parent discuss activities for the center, home and other information vital to the child’s development.
Health & Safety: Each child is assessed for health needs and receives a thorough medical and dental examination followed by treatment when necessary. Speech, hearing, visual and other health screenings are also provided.
Mental Health: A certified professional provides every child with an individualized Mental Health observation. Classroom observation provides assurance of a healthy environment for the Head Start child. Disabilities: The Head Start mission is to provide an inclusive atmosphere for children with all disabilities, including severe disabilities. The program is required to make at least ten percent (10%) of its enrollment available to children with disabilities
Family Partnerships: A Family Partnership Agreement will be initiated as early as possible to assist the family in its effort to improve the condition and quality of life. This agreement will be to establish mutual trust and identify family goals, strengths, necessary services and other supports.
Program Governance & Parent Involvement: Parents help determine how the Head Start program operates by serving on Center Committees and the Policy Council. Parents are also asked to participate directly as home teachers and as volunteers in the center.
Community Partnerships: Head Start recognizes that it serves families within the context of the community, and that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. Head Start will collaborate with these community partners to provide the highest level of services to children and their families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.
Head Start Centers: The centers are located throughout Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County, serving approximately 2,000 children. Each child is assigned to the center for five (5) one-half days weekly. For a list of Head Start Centers, click here.
Schedule of Events: A monthly calendar will be made available at the Central Office. Please contact our office and we will be delighted to send you a copy.
Daycare Services: 8 (eight) centers offer daycare at the Head Start facility. These centers offer services for children ranging in age from Infants to School Age. All of these facilities also offer services to the Head Start children who need care in addition to Head Start.
Child care children have daily and weekly schedules, take home packs, and daily activity reports which inform the parents of their child’s day at the center. Services offered to children in before and after school care are: help with homework; indoor and outdoor activities; and an afternoon snack.
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