Head Start and Early Head Start are preschool programs for children from birth to age five living in low-income families.
The programs assist children in becoming physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally adjusted. They also receive health and dental care, healthy meals, and indoor and outdoor play in a safe setting. Additional services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms are placed in various locations throughout the county and meet the licensing requirements as set forth by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Currently, the Early Head Start program serves both pregnant mothers and children from birth to age three, and the Head Start Program provides opportunities for 855 children ages three to five and their families.
Parent involvement and social services are provided with the assistance of a Social Services Advocate, and each family completes a self -assessment and establishes a written goal plan, which is monitored throughout the program year.