Home of Cabarrus County Schools' Head Start Program

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PURPOSE
Head Start is a Federally funded national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Office of Head Start provides a grant to Cabarrus Partnership for Children to provide comprehensive child development services to both economically disadvantaged and at risk three and four year old children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Long School houses the Cabarrus County Partnership for Children and Cabarrus County Schools Head Start program.


Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.


PROGRAM SERVICES
• Early Childhood Development and Health
• Family and Community Partnerships


Early Childhood Development and Health
Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.


The objective of Education and Early Childhood Development is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of children’s growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.

 

Eligibility

Many factors are considered during the selection process, including family income, age of child, special needs parental status, and social serve needs of the family. Families apply to the program each year. New applications are taken starting in February and continue throughout the school year. Families apply at the Long School.

Family and Community Partnerships
Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.
Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that programs collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and 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.

 


Resources
For more information about Head Start and Early Childhood Development and Support go http://www.eclkc.ohs.hhs.gov.


FUNDING
Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian - Alaska Native and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches directly to local public agencies, private organizations, Indian Tribes and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.

Last Modified on January 20, 2016
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