Applications are accepted throughout the year for both programs although spring recruiting is being done to fill the preschool centers and home base groups for the 2006-2007 school year. Head Start serves children and families in Clay, Union, Lincoln and Turner Counties.
Head Start is a free comprehensive child development program that assists families and children in education, disabilities, nutrition and health.
Early Head Start offers home base services to children age 0 through 3 and expectant families. Head Start offers center base, home base and full day/full year services to children ages 3 through 5.
Children are served at a preschool center Monday through Thursday for 3 1/2 hours each day. Centers are located in Beresford, Elk Point, Lennox, North Sioux City, Vermillion, and Worthing. Full day/full year services are offered in the Vermillion area. In Canton, children attend the center for three days a week and receive a monthly home visit from their teacher.
The home base program includes Early Head Start and Head Start ages and covers all four counties. Families choosing the home base option have a visitor come into their home for a weekly visit. Together the home visitor and the parent(s)/guardians plan and conduct activities that focus on child development and guide families in developmentally appropriate activities. Expectant families receive visits for prenatal education.
For information call 1-800-813-8132 or 605-677-5235.