Can I enroll my child in Head Start?
To qualify for Head Start, your child must be 3 or 4 years old by August 31st. Early Head Start serves pregnant mothers and children up to 36 months old.
How much will it cost?
To be eligible you must meet federal income guidelines. If you qualify and are accepted into the program, there is no cost to you. Foster children and homeless families are encouraged to apply.
What services does Head Start provide?
Our classrooms run for nine months, with a 3˝ hour classroom, open Mondays through Thursdays.
Services include developmental and health screenings, nutritional snacks and meals, educational experiences, and support and referrals for families working to establish and reach their goals. Our classrooms are developmentally appropriate, based on the needs of the children enrolled and the goals set for them by Head Start and their parents.
Our teacher/child ratio is 1:8 or less if possible. Each classroom of 18 children is supported by a Center Manager or Teacher, an Assistant Teacher, and a classroom Aide.
Parent involvement is very important to us. Parents participate in various ways including regularly scheduled home visits, parent/family activities, and volunteering, either in the classroom or on parent decision-making committees.
What is Early Head Start?
Early Head Start is an integral part of the services provided by Skagit/Islands Head Start, serving families from pregnancy through their child’s third birthday. We know that a person’s most important growing happens in the first three years of life. Early Head Start focuses on supporting the family to support the development of infants and toddlers during this crucial time.
Early Head Start provides the following services in Skagit and Island county:
- Weekly home visits
- Pregnancy support and prenatal education
- Developmental screening, assessment, and activities
- Promotion of positive parenting skills
- Family support and help in accessing health services
- Nutrition counseling
- Connecting with other community agencies and services
- Parent/Child Activities twice a month and
- Play group time with other families of infants and toddlers
How do I apply?
Applications are accepted year-round, as our enrollment is ongoing. Applications are reviewed and prioritized regularly for enrollment into available slots, or placement on a waiting list.