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Head Start and Early Head Start
The Head Start / Early 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 new born through age 5, and provides care and instruction for children in a classroom setting.
Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 School Year
Miami-Dade County's Head Start / Early Head Start 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 three (3) or four (4) years of age on or before September 1, 2017, or no more than five (5) years old after September 1, 2017.
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, 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 providing to promote preventative health serviecs and early intervention. The child's family is provided with the ncessary skills and insight to link the family to an on-going health care system to ensure continued comprehensive health care. Services include: medical, dental, and developmental screening, exams and follow-up, nutrional services, mental health services, and health education.
- Disability Services
Children with disabilities and their families receive the full range of services received by all Head Start / Early Start 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, 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 to become self-sufficient.
- Parent Involvement
Parents are 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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