The Early Head Start Centers focus on high quality early education and care. Such care maximizes each child’s development in the physical, emotional, cognitive, language and motor domains. Children’s growth and development is documented throughout their enrollment with the use of the Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (ELAP) Assessment tool, which captures learning, documents observation, and assists teachers in planning an individualized curriculum for each child. Evaluation, diagnosis, and special services, along with a nurturing mainstreamed classroom environment is provided for children with special needs.
Quality education and care begins with the creation of a positive learning environment which is welcoming, warm, friendly, and safe. Key to the environment are nurturing, caring, and highly trained staff members. Each child is assigned a primary teacher and caregiver with a 1:4 teacher/child ratio. Daily activities are responsive to the child’s cues of his/her needs while promoting healthy development along with the supporting and fostering of a strong bonded relationship between the child and their parents.
Early Head Start assists parents to be involved in all aspects of their child’s life. Physical health is promoted by encouraging parents to keep all doctor appointments. Annual physical and dental exams are part of the program. In addition, parents receive training on parenting and form partnerships with staff through which they are supported in setting and achieving mutually established family goals.
For more information, please call our administrative office at (505)212-7239.