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Fire Department visits Pre-Kindergarten
Head Start:
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Our program is based on educational need. We accept qualifying children who will be 4 years of age by September 30. The program is designed to give children an early start learning language and math concepts along with social skills. We teach using developmentally appropriate practices. Our class caps at 16 students with one teacher and one assistant. We follow the Chesterfield County schedule for elementary schools.

These programs operate five days a week within the same hours as the schools where they are based. Each classroom has 16 to 18 children, a highly qualified teacher and full time assistant. The classroom environment is guided by a research-based curriculum aligned with the state preschool standards, which promotes children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth. Children’s development is reported to parents twice a year. Bus transportation is available. Free or reduced-price lunches are available for children from families that qualify.