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Head Start Program for children and families


Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year

The Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides comprehensive child development services, care and instruction for low-income children and families in Miami-Dade County. Head Start also aims to enhance the lives of children, build strong family units, and provide opportunities for empowering and obtaining self-sufficiency by collaborating with other Community Action and Human Services programs and projects. The program is accepting applications for pregnant women and children ages birth to 5 years old to participate in the 2017-2018 program year. To be eligible children must be 3 or four 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2017, or no more than 5 years old after September 1, 2017.

The program provides services to its participants in the following areas:

  • Education and early childhood development: helps children to develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a way appropriate to their age and state of development;
  • Health, nutrition and mental health: promotes preventive health services and early intervention. The child's family is provided with the necessary skills and insight to link the family to an ongoing health care system to insure continued comprehensive health care. Head Start health services include: medical, dental, and developmental screening, exams and follow-up, nutritional services, mental health services, and health education;
  • Disability services: children suspected of having a disabling condition and/or children with a disability are provided services to include outreach recruitment/enrollment, screening for possible intervention, development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan and transition into Head Start and later into their local school district;
  • Family support services: involves recruitment and enrollment of children, serving as an advocate for Head Start families, and assisting families in becoming aware of community resources to improve the condition and quality of family life;
  • Parent involvement: parents are an essential link of the program because they are active participants in classroom and parent group activities, in their child's growth, and in the program planning and decision-making process.

For more information, feel free to contact Head Start at 786-469-4622 or dial 311 from any phone.

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