• Sep : 5 : 2017 - Annual Report
  • Apr : 18 : 2017 - Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018
  • Apr : 18 : 2017 - Tentative Head Start Registration Dates
  • Jan : 20 : 2016 - Press Release – January 22, 2016

Head Start is a federally-funded, high quality child and family development program that promotes the school readiness of low-income children 3-5 years of age by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development in learning environments that support children’s growth in language, literacy, math, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning.

Head Start also provides children and their families with health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.

At least 10% of enrollment opportunities are made available for
children with disabilities, regardless of income. Head Start recognizes the importance of family-focused early intervention and strives to build upon the strengths of each family. Services and opportunities to children and families are provided through Head Start’s major service areas which include:

  • Education: Provides a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth through center and home based options
  • Transition: Provides children and parents with information and educational opportunities to prepare them for entrance into the public school system
  • Disabilities Services: Insures that children with disabilities receive the full range of developmental services in an inclusive environment
  • Health/Nutrition: Emphasizes the importance of early identification and treatment of health problems and comprehensive health care
  • Mental Health: Recognizes the importance of providing mental health and psychological services to children and parents to encourage emotional and social development
  • Parent Involvement: Recognizes parents as the primary educator of their child and the most important influence in their child’s lives, parental involvement is encouraged at all levels
  • Social Services: Provides a wide range of education and training opportunities and referral and support services to meet identified family needs

RESULTS OF MOST RECENT FEDERAL ON-SITE REVIEW & ANNUAL AUDIT

Our most recent Federal Onsite Review was conducted in November of 2009. Program strengths were identified in the areas of community partnerships/collaborations and cultural awareness. There were two (2) areas of non-compliance: not completing screening procedures for all children within 45 calendar days of entry date into the program and not ensuring children’s backpacks were properly secured on some busses. Both of these areas have been properly rectified to ensure compliance with Head Start regulations.

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc.’s 2012-2013 Independent Audit Report was completed by the audit firm, Mauthey, Yutzey and Gabler. An unmodified report was issued, in February 2014, and there were no findings or questioned costs. Visit the Agency website to view the Audit Report.

In April of 2011, through our program self-monitoring, we discovered a concern relating to boarding and un-boarding procedures from the bus at one center. This situation was reported to the regional office and identified as an area of deficiency that was immediately corrected.

TRANSITION/SCHOOL READINESS

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start staff are committed to making the transition from Head Start to Kindergarten as smooth and successful as possible for both children and their families. To facilitate this transition, teachers utilize the Creative Curriculum to align the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and to provide continuity between Head Start and Kindergarten. This curriculum also provides tools that allow teachers to individualize lessons and activities for each child. This assures that each child is receiving appropriate challenges, that will allow these children to learn at the fullest potential.

School readiness goals have been identified for children in a variety of domains that are aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Framework and Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards. All enrolled children are assessed three times each year utilizing Teaching Strategies Gold. Results of these assessments are aggregated and analyzed at the program and center levels. Teachers and Home Visitors use the assessments to formulate goals within each child’s Individual Curriculum Plan and review them with the parents.

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start  also maintains open communication and cooperation with parents, early intervention programs, and local school districts. Our goal is to ensure a smooth transition and seamless provision of services for all preschool children. Some of these responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Parent trainings on Kindergarten Readiness with the collaboration of school district personnel
  • Transition/Education Advisory Committee meeting that occur twice a year
  • Assistance with Kindergarten registrations
  • The transfer of Passport to Kindergarten portfolios, with parental consent, at transition meetings with Head Start staff and incoming Kindergarten programs
  • Field trips to new school settings
  • Dissemination of information and activity packets, at the end of the year, to help parents work with their child during the summer months to maintain the school readiness skills obtained in Head Start.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES / ENGAGING FAMILIES

Many opportunities existed during the year for Parent Involvement which has and will continue to be an area of major emphasis. First and foremost, many parents and guardians of enrolled children participated as volunteers in the classroom throughout the year with parents having successfully completed our structured Volunteer/Employment Training Program. Additional opportunities for parents to be directly involved with their child’s development occurred through parent-staff conferences and home visits, effective participation of parents who worked in the home with their own children utilizing individualized activities sent home or those learned from workshops, flyers and newsletters. Also, many parents participated in a Policy Council Group, Center Parent Committee, or on various advisory committees for the program. In this way they had the opportunity to become an integral part of discussing program policies, service area reports, and program planning, as well as child and adult educational activities, health, transportation and mental health information. Additionally, parents participated in experiences and educational activities which led to their own development in areas such as child and family nutrition, prevention of child abuse, transitioning children into kindergarten, preventative medical and dental care, home safety practices, finance, family literacy, community resources including links to adult education and employment training.

The addition of the Positive Solutions for Families and Parenting Series Workshopsprovide yet another opportunity for parents, raising young children, to develop parenting skills. Going forward, we will seek to engage and collaborate with parents and families, in traditional and non-traditional ways, by providing opportunities to achieve outcomes in areas such as: family well-being, parent-child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and the community, or families as advocates and leaders.

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