Head Start is a federally-funded program that provides preschool education and ensures that both children and parents are prepared for kindergarten and for a life filled with learning. However, Head Start promotes far more than a quality education. Through either direct service or referrals, Head Start children also receive numerous health services ensuring good physical, dental, nutritional and mental health. Head Start is available at no cost to pregnant moms, infants, toddlers and children up to age five from income-eligible families. Children with special needs are also welcome.
Three different Head Start programs exist to best serve our children and parents:
Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children under 3 years of age.
Home-Based Head Start
The Home-Based program supports families by providing in-home services to assist parents in the educational growth of their children. Home Visitors come into the home weekly and work with parent and child on activities designed to address their child’s individual needs. Children also learn through socialization during regular visits to a center.
The Head Start home-based program (serving ages 3 to 5) is a nine-month program, while the Early Head Start home-based program (serving from birth to 3 years of age) is a 12-month program. Home-based Head Start is a great alternative to traditional preschool education if the parent is not ready for their child to go to a center, or if the parent wants more one-on-one assistance in helping their child prepare for a life filled with learning. Two options exist for home-based services:
- 1.5 hours of home visitation weekly, with center socialization twice-monthly
To get more information or to enroll, call 513.569.4510.
Convenient Locations & Schedules
Head Start is available in three formats (morning half-day, afternoon half-day, or full-day classes) at nearly 140 sites in Hamilton County. CAA directly provides Head Start services at two locations (in Bond Hill and the West End) and through partnerships with numerous other childcare centers in Hamilton County.