/ Early Head Start Program
“Providing Children A Head Start…Giving Their
Families A Fresh Beginning”
Head Start and Early Head Start Programs provide comprehensive, developmental services for low-income pre-school children ages birth to five and support services for their families.
The purpose of the Head Start programs is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social and other services.
The cornerstone of the program is parent and community development.
CAPC's Head Start and Early Head Start programs have been combined in an effort to provide more efficient service to the customer. Currently, The Early Head Start program serves ten (10) pregnant mothers and seventy (70) children from zero to age three, and the Head Start Program provides opportunities for eight hundred and fifty five 855) children and their families.
All children in Head
Start participate in a variety of educational
activities that help them grow mentally, socially,
emotionally and physically. They also receive health
and dental care, have healthy meals, and enjoy
playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.
Parent involvement and social services are provided. With the assistance of a Family Advocate, each family completes a self assessment and establishes a written goal plan which is monitored throughout the program year.
To be eligible for Head
Start, families must qualify according to income
guidelines (issued by the Department of Health and Human
Services) or have a child with a diagnosed disability.
All children in Head Start are between the ages of three
and five years old. These children are provided special
services that address their individual needs.
Head Start meets the
licensing requirements as set forth by Florida's
Department of Children and Families.
Income Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous
States and the
District of Columbia
with more than eight persons,
add $4,060 for each
HEAD START'S FOCUS
IS HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED BY
GETTING A "HEAD
START" IN LIFE.
Head Start Centers
O. J. Semmes
Head Start Teachers:
All Head Start Teachers are required to have the 40 hour
Child Care class and at least an Associates degree (AA)
and many are in the process of obtaining their Bachelors
of Arts (BA) degree in Education.
Teacher's Aides and Substitutes:
All Head Start Teacher's Aides are required to have
taken the 40 hour Child Care class. As part of our
self-sufficiency effort, parents are encouraged to apply
for substitute positions, and they have the opportunity to hold
permanent employment positions as well. Fifty-six of Head Start's
employees are current or former Head Start Parents.
Bus Drivers and Support Staff:
All Head Start Bus Drivers are experienced, licensed
drivers and must also submit to random testing to ensure
the highest safety standards.
The program is a preschool
program for children in low-income families. Children
in Head Start are between the ages of three (3) and five
(5) years of age. The program assists children in
becoming physically, socially, intellectually, and
emotionally adjusted. Services are also offered to meet
the special needs of the children with disabilities.
Head Start classrooms are in various locations
through-out the county and meet the license requirements
as set forth by the Florida Department of Children and
Bring the following
information to Register:
Certificate (The Child must be 3 or 4 years
old on or before September 1st)
Family Income ("2" most recent Paycheck Stubs)
Public Assistance (SSI, TANF, Housing, Food Stamps,
Documentation (Recommended but NOT required)
More Information About Registration Call:
and be part of the excitement in a Head Start