Putting Families First
Head Start Director: Nicole Brewer
The Head Start Program is a federal funded grant that is designed to break the cycle of poverty by providing children ages birth to five from low-income families with a comprehensive program in which family, staff, and community representative work together on behalf of the child and the family. The main goal of Head Start is to focus on the healthy cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development needed to prepare children for learning. Head Start recognizes that parents/guardians are the primary educators of their children and is committed to working with families to ensure that the developmental needs of each child are met.
Head Start is the most successful, longest-operating, national school readiness program in the United States. The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families. School readiness is defined as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning in life. (Office of the Administration for Children and Families).
The Head Start Act of 2007 authorized the Head Start Program to promote the school readiness for low-income families. The New Head Start Program Performance Standards has made the first holistic revision of the Performance Standards since 1975, becoming effective November 2016.
Lee County Head Start Program
The Lee County Head Program has been funded in Lee County since 1965. Over the years, the Lee County Head Start Program has enrolled over 10,000 children who have attended classes five days a week, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., from August to June. The children receive breakfast, lunch, and snack. All of the children are offered bus transportation to the centers located at Rose Hill Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Elk Knob Elementary, Dryden Elementary, and St. Charles Elementary. At the present time, Lee County Head Start has nine (9) center-based classrooms and two (2) home-based classes. The Home-based option provides weekly home visits from the Family Resource Specialist. Families who are enrolled in the home-based option participate in regularly scheduled parent/guardian-child socials twice per month that are held at the Home-based Center.
Governance: The Lee County School Board assumes legal and fiscal responsibility for the program. The Policy Council sets direction. The Management Staff oversees the day-to-day operations.
Our Vision: The Lee County Head Start Program’s vision is to create an environment to build lifelong learning and confident learners who have the tools necessary for success in a changing world and to be leaders who strive for excellence.
Our Mission: (1) To provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum with strong emphasis on play to enhance learning, physical development, and to improve social, emotional and academic success. (2) To collaboratively engage parents, community and partners in the development and implementation of our Head Start and Pre-K School Readiness plan to promote student success.
Our Philosophy: We believe comprehensive services, best practices, and appropriate learning environments for children will provide the foundation for successful school and life experiences. We believe that by affording families opportunities and involvement in the program, we can build on their strengths to move toward greater self-sufficiency and a better world for all children to become contributing citizens.
Lee County Head Start Program maintains a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, religion, creed, political affiliation, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.