Education – "Where School Readiness Beings"
At Head Start/Early Head Start your child will learn many language skills. They develop early reading and writing skills. Children also develop basic science and math skills so they can explore and organize the world around them.
Head Start children learn many emotional skills and social skills. Our program helps children develop a strong sense of “self.” This helps them to become independent and confident about themselves, an ability to cooperate with others, and a growing social knowledge and awareness so they can do well in their families and their communities.
Head Start also emphasizes physical development skills. Our children get daily practice at gross motor skills that include running, playing, jumping, climbing and catching on well-equipped playgrounds. In addition, we emphasize the development of a child’s fine motor skills with activities such as working with scissors, play dough and glue. Your child will also develop good health practices like tooth-brushing, toileting, and personal hygiene.
Developmental Screenings –
Each child is screened to find out if they are functioning at their age level in areas of thinking, language skills, self-help skills, social emotional skills, and skills in the use of large and small muscles. The results are used to develop individual education programs for every child.
Hearing and Vision Screenings –
These screenings find children with hearing or vision difficulties that might affect their ability to participate. Children who do not pass the screenings are referred for further evaluation.
Speech and Language Screenings –
These screenings check speech sounds, words and how the words are used. Children that require additional testing are referred to the school system or to Tennessee Early Intervention with the permission of the parents.
Disability Services –
Children with disabilities (regardless of severity) are welcomed in all Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms. Typical disabilities include health impairment, speech/language impairments, learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, hearing impairments (including deafness), visual impairment (including blindness), autism, mental retardation, orthopedic impairment, and traumatic brain injury.
Dental Services –
With the permission of the parent, each child’s dental condition is assessed by a dentist. If dental work is required, children are referred to dentists in the community.
Height and Weight Screenings –
These screenings check a child’s weight and height to detect any abnormal growth.
Nutrition Services –
Every child receives a well-balanced diet that enhances his or her development in all areas. All children are offered a light breakfast, a hot meal at lunch, and a healthy snack near the end of the day.