| HEAD START
Head Start is a comprehensive school readiness program for children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families. The program provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education, health screenings and follow-up treatment, nutritious meals, and family support services. Head Start’s curriculum emphasizes language, math, science, art, physical education and interpersonal growth. Special services are available to ensure that children can fully participate in all aspects of the program.
Head Start is the largest program administered by the Community Action Program of Lancaster County, with over 600 children and families served in 10 centers throughout Lancaster County. Services Include:
- Center Operations- Head Start program models are locally designed based on the specific needs of the communities being served. The traditional classroom model meets 3.5 to 6 hours daily, 4 days a week during the school year. In some rural areas of Lancaster County, Head Start services are offered in the home instead of in the classroom. A home visitor meets with families on a weekly basis and helps the family structure learning opportunities in the home setting. Children and parents in the region get together for group play at least twice a month to provide social learning opportunities.
- Nutrition - Head Start provides nutritious meals to children attending the centers. Center staff also works with parents to assess their children's nutritional status and help them plan nutritious and affordable meals at home.
- Health - All children enrolled in Head Start receive dental and health screenings with assistance for follow-up treatment when appropriate. The screenings help ensure that children receive their recommended immunizations and teach parents the importance of preventative health care.
- Family Engagement - Parent involvement is a critical component of the program and there are a variety of ways for parents to become active in Head Start through volunteering in the classroom to participating in program planning and decision-making. In addition, Head start works with families to establish and work toward goals, and provides referrals to a broad range of community services that help families become self-sufficient.
- Disability Services - Head Start welcomes children with disabilities and includes them in all services and activities. Our program works closely with Lancaster Lebanon IU 13 to set and implement individualized goals for all such children enrolled. Using the Teaching Pyramid Framework, behavioral health staff provide support in classrooms to ensure the success of all children. In addition, mental health professionals are available for consultation as needed, and Head Start provides referrals to behavioral health providers if further services are required.
- Volunteer and In-Kind Opportunities - Head Start has many opportunities for volunteering and strives to build community partnerships that provide goods and services to the children and families we serve. The program welcomes classroom volunteers and appreciates donations in the form of books, school supplies and professional services.
Program Qualifications/Income Guidelines
Head Start serves children during the two years before they are school eligible. Homeless children, foster children and families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) funds for disabilities are eligible regardless of the income guidelines. All others fall under the income guidelines set each year by the federal government, which are based on family size and gross income for the past twelve months.
For enrollment, please contact Lisa McDonald at 717.299.7301 ext. 3046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head Start Application
Head Start serves children in the two years before they are school eligible. Homeless children, foster children and families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) funds for disabilities are eligible regardless of the income guidelines. All others fall under the income guidelines set each year by the federal government, which are based on family size and gross income for the past twelve months.
2013 POVERTY GUIDELINES
Persons in family/household
2012 - 2013 Head Start Annual Report
Diane Koon, Director
Community Action Program of Lancaster County
601 S. Queen Street P.O. Box 599
Lancaster, PA 17608-0599
HEAD START CENTERS
CAROL B. WINTERS CENTER
57 Laurel Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717.295.1441, ext. 300; ext. 326 (year-round enrollment)
250 Clay School Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
COLUMBIA AREA CENTER
815 Wright Street
Columbia, PA 17512
717.684.2706, ext. 302 September to May
601 S. Queen Street
P.O. Box 599
Lancaster, PA 17608
717.299.7301, ext. 3069 September to May
99 Highland Avenue
Ephrata, PA 17522
717.333.1945 September to May
Lititz United Methodist Church
201 East Market Street
Lititz, PA 17543
717.625.1294 September to May
MOUNT JOY CENTER
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
432 Old Market Street
P.O. Box 537
Mount Joy, PA 17552
717.653.3000, Ext. 3057 September to May
3 South Hazel Street
Manheim, PA 17543
NEW HOLLAND HOME-BASED CENTER
Saint Steven Church
249 East Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
717.354.5250 September to May
QUARRYVILLE HOME-BASED CENTER
Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church
611 Robert Fulton Highway
Quarryville, PA 17566
717.786.4049 September to May
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