Presentation on theme: "What is Head Start? South Plains Community Action Association"— Presentation transcript:
1 What is Head Start? South Plains Community Action Association Head Start & Early Head Start DivisionWhat is Head Start?Welcome & Introduction
2 The Beginning…January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "The War on Poverty" in his State of the Union speech.In January of 1965, a group of sociologists, psychologists, and pediatricians began discussions of a design that intended to assist children overcome setbacks or obstacles caused by poverty. Urie Bronfenbrenner, Mamie Clark and Edward ZiglerThe name Head Start was chosen by academics who understood the achievement gap and that middle class students get ahead of their lower class peers.Lady Bird Johnson went to Kennedy first…then her husband.
3 The Beginning…In May of 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announces Project Head Start .It started in the summer of 1965, Head Start was launched as an eight week summer program for children from low-income communities going into public school in the fall.
4 Head Start’s Purpose Head Start Mission’s Head Start is a 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.Early Head Start, launched in 1995, provides support to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. EHS programs enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency.
5 Head Start TodayHead Start is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).In 2009, Head Start Enrollment was 904,153 children across the US.Since 1965, Head Start has provided comprehensive services to nearly 30 million children and their families
6 SPCAA HS and EHS Serve 1,340 children and families 26 Centers including partnerships with 14 area ISD’s and the YWCA in Lubbock.Reach 12 counties
7 Early Head Start…The Beginning In September of 1995, under the Bill Clinton administration, the first Early Head Start grants were given.Services are for:Newborn to 3-years-oldPregnant WomenPrenatal education, birth defects & low birth weights, drug & alcohol abuseBenefits for Pregnant women: Educate on Positive prenatal outcomes, fight birth defects and low birth weights, and negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
8 Services Education Health Mental Health & Disabilities Family Support South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionServicesEducationHealthMental Health & DisabilitiesFamily SupportComprehensive services in both Head Start & Early Head Start to prepare each child as a whole for kindergarten
9 Education School Readiness Language Motor Skills Comprehension South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionEducationSchool ReadinessLanguageMotor SkillsComprehensionDecision MakingCreativityPositive ParentingHealthy Pregnancy (EHS)
10 Health Immunizations Physicals Dental Checkups South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionHealthImmunizationsPhysicalsDental CheckupsVision & Hearing ScreeningsRefer for Special ProceduresHealthy Meals and SnacksTooth brushingEnsure children have all of theseRefer for special procedures and follow-up
11 Mental Health & Disabilities South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionMental Health & Disabilities10% funded enrollmentAssessments and ScreeningsReferralsFollow-upTransitionWe reserve 10% of our funded enrollment for children with disabilities.Types: Behavioral, Speech/Language, Visual Impairment, Learning
12 Family Support South Plains Community Action Association Head Start & Early Head Start DivisionFamily SupportFamily Support WorkersFamily Partnership AgreementsFamily ContactsTrainings & ConferencesParent Ideas for Lesson PlansParent InvolvementParent Committees & Policy Council
13 Who Qualifies? Head Start: Children 3-years-old by September 1st South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionWho Qualifies?Head Start: Children 3-years-old by September 1stEarly Head Start: Pregnant Mothers and Children 0-3Both:- Income: Includes some slots for above income families- Family Situation: Foster, Single Parents, Working, etc.- Homelessness- DisabilitiesAge and IncomeFamily situation: foster, single working parent, two working parents, foster,
14 Head Start Grantee Sites South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionHead Start Grantee SitesLubbock- Eddie Richardson Center (HS) & Shapes Academy (HS)Levelland- Levelland Building Blocks (HS)Littlefield- Little Steps (HS)Plainview- Creative Zones (HS & EHS), Hale County Home Based (HS)Post- Windham Center (HS & EHS) and Garza County Home Based (EHS)Denver City- Future Success (HS)Brownfield- Terry County Home Base (EHS)29 Head Start Preschools in 19 cities
15 Head Start Partner Sites South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionHead Start Partner SitesBrownfield ISDMuleshoe ISDCrosbyton ISDO’Donnell ISDFloydada ISDOlton ISDLevelland ISDRopesville ISDLittlefield ISDSmyer ISDLorenzo ISDSudan ISDMorton ISDSlaton ISD29 Head Start Preschools in 19 cities*Lubbock YWCA Legacy- CDC
16 Early Head Start Centers South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionEarly Head Start CentersPost: Windham Early Head Start & Garza County Early Head Start Home BasedBrownfield: Terry County Home Based Early Head StartPlainview: Creative Zones Early Head Start3 Early Head Start Centers in 3 cities
18 How to Apply Recruitment begins April 1, Enrollment May 1st South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionHow to ApplyRecruitment begins April 1, Enrollment May 1st(806) orRecruitment Meeting:Birth CertificateShot RecordProof of IncomeMedicaid/Insurance CardCall this number to schedule a meeting at any of our centers.Bring these things to the recruitment meeting.Applications can take up to 2 weeks to process.
19 Volunteer Opportunities South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionVolunteer OpportunitiesClassroom VolunteerFamily Support VolunteerClerical & Reception VolunteerFacility Care VolunteerHealth VolunteerFood and Nutrition VolunteersOutreach VolunteerManagement VolunteerEver volunteered before and not been welcomed? Felt useless?
20 Gold Volunteer Gold Volunteers need an Application South Plains Community Action AssociationHead Start & Early Head Start DivisionGold VolunteerA volunteer who provides services at any site while children are in care no more than 2 days in a 30-day period. These volunteers must never be left alone with children/a child.Gold Volunteers need an Application
21 South Plains Community Action Association Head Start & Early Head Start DivisionRed VolunteerA volunteer who provides services at a grantee site while children are in care more than 2 days in a 30-day period. These volunteers must never be left alone with children/a child.Red VolunteerBackground CheckApplicationPersonnel Information RecordSigned HandbookNotarized AffidavitTB LetterPersonnel Training PageBackground Check Form