Federally-funded head start programs help prepare young children from low-income families, ages birth to five years old, and their parents for the social and educational challenges that young children face as they develop. Each head start program focuses on providing comprehensive services designed to enhance a child's emotional, social, cultural, language, reading, mathematics, science, health and nutrition education.
This head start center locator page contains links to listings of programs offered in the 74 counties in the state of Arkansas. Each listings page contains the name, address and contact information for a specific county's available centers. From that page, use additional links to explore individual center facts, application instructions and directions.
Our head start center locator features the number of head start centers per county in parentheses ( ) to the right of the county names. To see a current list of your county's head start centers, click your county's name.
The Cleveland County School District-Cleveland County Head Start-ABC Program is a non-profit organization providing services to low-income children and families since 1967. Our program is administered by the Cleveland County School District with the District Superintendent serving as the Executive Director. We are comprised of three centers located on the public school campuses of Rison, Kingsland, and Woodlawn. Currently, we are fully enrolled with 108 Head Start Children and 28 children that are a part of a state operated preschool program called Arkansas Better Chance for School Success which is located exclusively in the Rison and Woodlawn Centers.
Head Start is a federally funded program managed locally by grant awards to non profit agencies such as Head Start Child and Family Services, Inc. Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
The objectives of the Head Start Program are to provide comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services primarily to economically disadvantaged preschool children and their families, and to involve parents in activities with their children so that the children will attain overall social competence. Parents also participate in various decision making processes related to the operation of the program. Transportation is available for children if parents are working or enrolled in school.
The SWADC Head Start Program sponsored by the Southwest Arkansas Development Council, Inc. (the Grantee) was incorporated in the early 60Ã¢â‚¬Â²s with the origin of the National Program. Mrs. Marian Haynie served as director of the program for more than 35 years. It provides service to low-income families in the southwest part of the state. There are 13 centers and 15 sites in seven counties. The participating counties are Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, and Sevier. Each Center or site has a specific partnership with a public school. The Centers/classrooms are located in a public school building, or on a public school campus. The public schools provide the meals and snacks, and some transportation.
The federally funded Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves qualifying pre-school children and their families. Head Start is a child-focused program and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Our Head Start program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. We engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals.
The Federal Office of Head Start appoints CDI HS to operate a Head Start/Early Head Start program when the existing granteeâ€™s responsibility ceases. Examples of circumstances under which this could occur are: a grantee may be suspended, terminated, or relinquish their grant (voluntary termination). Suspensions and terminations may occur due to financial, health and safety or other issues in operating a program.
The CADC Head Start program was started in 1967 to give children from low-income families a head start before they enter elementary school. The main focus is to increase the school readiness of young children ages 3 and 4. The program also seeks to help parents and caregivers be empowered to self sufficiency. Children in the program have access to educational resources, health and dental services, nutritional services, and social services. A major function of the CADC Head Start program is family involvement.
Regional Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development for preschool children.
The Early Childhood Education Department provides child development services and activities, health services, nutrition assistance, special services, for children with disabilities, parental involvement, volunteer participation, staff training and other social and support services to over 1,000 children and their families.