The Guam Head Start Program provides comprehensive services to 534 children ages 3 – 5 and their families, with priority given to preschoolers who will be entering Kindergarten next year. The Head Start Program is under the Guam Department of Education and the Head Start Classrooms or Centers are part of most Elementary schools in Guam. See the Head Start Center Listing to check which school have a Head Start Center for this School Year.
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is the grantee for the program. Health and Human Services, Administration for Children Youth and Families, Office of Head Start program provides the majority of the funding with the Department of Education ensuring a level of effort of 20% of the grant award.
Guam Head Start Philosophy:
The Guam Department of Education Head Start Program strives to provide, arrange and/or obtain comprehensive services for low-income children and families. The number of families that are no longer eligible for public assistance programs continues to increase, although their level of income remains low. The program assists families to become more involved with the health, safety, social and educational needs of their children and adult family members. The more knowledge and understanding the families have regarding issues and concerns, the better they can advocate for themselves and with us.
Guam Head Start Vision:
All children and families receive quality comprehensive services respectful of diversity, which empowers them to achieve their life goals and become stronger advocates for their families, children, and self
Guam Head Start Mission:
Prepare: Children and Families for Success
Promote: Increased social competency and self sufficiency
Provide: Support and services
Head Start Objectives: