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Early Head Start and Head Start Program
The Early Head Start / Head Start Program provides comprehensive child development services for low income children and families in Miami-Dade County. The program is open to children ages newborn through age 5, and provides care and instruction for children in a classroom setting.
Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 School Year
Early Head Start Eligibility:
newborn to 3 years of age.
Head Start Eligibility:
3-4 years of age on or before September 1, 2018, or no more than five (5) years of age after September 1, 2018.
To qualify for Early Head Start / Head Start you must meet income guidelines.
For additional information on Head Start or to locate a center accepting applications in your community contact Head Start at 786-469-4622 or by dialing 311 (305-468-5900).
- How to apply
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Head Start / Early Head Start Centers 2017-18
- Head Start / Early Head Start Annual Report 2016-2017
2018 National Head Start Leadership Institute
About Head Start / Early Head Start
Head Start provides a variety of servies that are aimed at enhancing the lives of children, building strong family units, and providing opportunities obtaining self sufficiency through collaboration with and referrals to other services provided by the County.
- Education and Early Childhood Development
Education involves providing a learning environment, which helps children develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and state of development. An individual approach is taken towards assessing a child's needs and parents are encouraged to be an integral part of the child's development and learning process.
- Health, Nutrition and Mental Health
A comprehensive health program is provided to promote preventative health services and early intervention. The child's family is provided the necessary skills and insight to link the family to an on-going health care system to ensure continued comprehensive health care. Services include: medical, dental, developmental screening, exams and follow-up, nutritional services, mental health services, and health education.
- Disability Services
Children with disabilities and their families receive full range of services received by Head Start / Early Head Start participants. Children suspected of having a disabling condition and/or children with a disability are provided services including screening for possible intervention, development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and transition into Head Start and/or their local school district.
- Family Support Services
Family Support Services include recruitment and enrollment of children and advocacy connection to community resources to improve the condition and quality of family life. Services are also available to assist families in their own efforts in becoming self-sufficient.
- Parent Involvement
Parents are essential part of the Head Start / Early Start program. They are active participants in classroom and parent group activities, in their child's growth, and in the program planning and decision-making process. They serve on parent committees and may represent their center on the Head Start Policy Council.
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