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, following the Rock Island/Milan School District calendar. We have 17 classrooms located in 8 different buildings with each part day classroom having two teaching staff and one family service worker and each full day classroom having three teaching staff and one family service worker. The program starts one week 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.
9 classrooms are considered part-day operating 4 hours a day. The hours of operation are typically 8:30am - 12:30pm with the exception of one that operates 8:45am - 12:45pm. Busing is provided at some locations while others are walk-in centers. 3 classrooms are considered extended day operating 4 hours a day. The hours of operation are 8:00am-12:00pm and then these students to the Preschool for All classroom for their afternoon session from 12:00pm-2:30pm. Busing is not available for extended day classrooms.
5 classrooms are considered full-day operating 8:00-2:30 with early dismissal at 12:30 on Fridays. Busing is not available for full-day classrooms.
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.
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