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Head Start Program

Head Start promotes school readiness of preschool children from low-income families by supporting development through comprehensive services. Through relationships with adults, play and planned instruction, children grow in many aspects of development with a strong emphasis on social emotional growth.  All children receive health and developmental screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support.  Parents and families are supported in achieving their goals, such as housing stability, continued education and financial security. The Head Start program engages families around children's learning and development. 
The Head Start program operates from August through May, Monday through Friday, 4 hours a day while the district is in session. The program starts 2 weeks after the district starts to allow time for training and home visits and ends one week before the district ends to allow for end of the year wrap ups. We have 17 classrooms located in 8 different buildings with each classroom having two teaching staff and one family service worker. The hours of operation are typically 8:30am - 12:30pm with the exception of a couple that operate 8:45am - 12:45pm. Busing is provided at some locations while others are walk-in centers. 
Head Start is federally funded and follows income guidelines for eligibility.  Please call our office (309-793-5928) if you are interested in learning more about Head Start services or eligibility. We look forward to supporting your family.
Click on this link to provide us with some information so that we may contact you to enroll your child in our preschool programs!