The private pay option allows parents of children not otherwise eligible for Head Start to pay for pre-school services in either the Full Day or Double Session classrooms. All children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in Clinton, White, and Carroll Counties are eligible. Children who turn 3 before August 1st and children who do not turn 5 until after July 31st are eligible to apply. Transportation is not provided to children enrolled in the private pay option.
Enrollment is conducted strictly on a first come first serve basis. The double session classroom consists of 3.5 hours either in the morning or the afternoon Monday through Friday. Private pay slots are available as follows:
In Clinton County, the full day classroom is open from 6am – 5pm Monday through Friday and in White County, the full day classroom is open from 6:30am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday. In Carroll County the morning session is from 8:00am - 11:30am and the afternoon session is from 11:30am - 3:00pm. The program is closed on major holidays as well as some other special dates which are noted on our calendar.
If a child is determined to be eligible for Head Start but there is not an opening, this child may enter the private pay option at a reduced cost. If a space in the Head Start option becomes available to the child in private pay, this child will be moved into Head Start and a private pay spot will then become available.
The children are served breakfast and lunch as well as a snack in the afternoon. These meals all meet the USDA food requirements.
Head Start is a comprehensive pre-school for low-income families. Head Start views the education and socialization of a child in a holistic manner. We believe that to ensure success we must address any and all elements of a child’s life that may inhibit their future academic or social successes.
Head Start divides the delivery of services into the areas listed below. Within each service area a great deal of focus is spent on the education and inclusion of parents. Head Start strives to encourage and support parental involvement in all aspects of their children’s lives.
Along with all community members, parents are encouraged to become actively involved in the program and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available. There are numerous one-time activities as well as on-going roles such as participation on the program’s Policy Council or Advisory Committees. Volunteer orientation and recognition programs provide support to our many committed program volunteers.
We believe that effective transitions are crucial to ensure the most fulfilling experience for parents and children. Staff within all service areas cooperatively addresses transition into and out of the Head Start program. The enrollment process is structured to encourage parental understanding of all elements of the program and includes a home visit by the child’s teacher and the family’s advocate prior to the first day of classes. This visit enables staff to begin understanding each family’s unique needs and to create a more welcoming environment when the child begins school.
The child’s transition to the next academic environment is addressed throughout a family’s participation. A number of activities, both within and outside the classroom, have been developed to increase child and parent awareness and decrease anxiety. Head Start works to ensure that both parents and child make a gentle and effective transition into the public school system.
Head Start makes every effort to ensure that transportation is not an obstacle to the enrollment of any eligible child. More than 90% of the children enrolled will receive transportation services, including those with disabilities. Effort is also made to educate parents and children on the importance of vehicle and pedestrian safety. Classroom activities and special events provide information on current requirements and the best safety practices for children and families.
The literacy based curriculum used by Head Start focuses on the child’s academic and social development and works to prepare them fully for Kindergarten. Staff is able to individualize each child’s education plan and to structure classroom activities to provide effective opportunities to address each child’s needs. Child Development staff utilizes each classroom activity, from snack time to outdoor play, to incorporate learning opportunities.
Parents are encouraged to visit and spend time in classroom activities. A constant stream of communication is maintained with parents through the program newsletter, weekly classroom updates, special event notices and periodic parent/teacher conferences. Child Development staff educates parents as to the developmental benefits of the various classroom activities and provides information on learning opportunities for the home. Parents are always encouraged to take an active, hands-on role in leading their child’s education.
The Family Services staff is charged with assisting families in the development of life goals and a realistic plan for attainment. Family Advocates offer families on-going support and encouragement as they work toward their personal goals and deal with the many complicated aspects of family life. An extensive resource library and referral system is maintained to offer additional support and services.
Staff also provides a wide range of parent involvement activities and learning opportunities throughout the program year. Through the Parent Committees, parents are invited to participate in many aspects of the program’s planning while having access to special presentations on topics such as Effective Parenting, Basic Family Health Care, Nutritional Meal Planning, Home Ownership and Job-Skills Development. The Parent Committee is also charged with providing representatives to the program’s Policy Council. The Policy Council provides direct oversight of program operations and is comprised of both community and parent representatives – with parents making up the majority of positions.
Health & Disabilities staff is responsible for evaluating and monitoring the physical and mental health and development of enrolled children. Initial assessments and screenings are provided for each child and an individualized plan is developed for all identified needs. Parents are actively involved with the development of such plans and provided with information and education on all relevant issues. Staff then works with local service providers to ensure that the child and their family are receiving all necessary service and support to fully address the identified need.
Reminder Note to Head Start Parents and Guardians
About the Head Start Child Release Form
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Nota de Recordatorio a Padres de Ventaja y Guardas
Sobre la Forma de Liberación de Niño de Head Start
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All of the following are PDFs and require Adobe Reader to Open/Read/Download.
2013 Poverty Guidelines
Explanation of Head Start Screenings
Family Handbook 2012-2013
Libro de Referencias de Familias 2012-2013
Family Handbook Private Pay 2012-2013
Libro de Referencias de Familias Opcion de Paga 2012-2013
2010 School Supplies List for Area IV Head Start Pre-School
Enrollment Application 2013-2014
Physical Examination Form pg. 1 2012-13
Physical Examination Form pg. 2 2012-13
Volunteer TB Test Form
Child Dental Health Record
Verification of Dental Treatment
Verification of Vision Examination
Area IV Head Start School Bus Safety
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Seguridad del Autobús de la Escuela de Area IV Head Start
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Head Start Parent Bus FAQ
FAQ de Autobús de Padre de ventaja
Transportation Services Parent Guide
Servicios de Transportación Guia de Padres
2013 Senior Bus Trips: are now announced! The first trip is Mar. 27. See link to the complete listing of trips.
Area IV provides weatherization services for Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe, and White Counties that can help cut down your utility bills and bring your house up to code.