319 W Glenn Ave
Auburn AL 36830-4607
ACHR's Head Start program, a key part of the ACHR Child Development Program, began in the summer of 1965. It is a comprehensive, quality program including educational, health, parent involvement and social services designed to prepare children ages 3-5 for entry into public school. Currently over 400 children are served at the Boykin Community Center in Auburn, the Darden Center in Opelika, and the Marian Wright Edelman Center in rural Russell County. Classrooms consist of 18 children in a mixed age grouping, a teacher with a BA in Family and Child Development, a BA in Early Childhood Education, or a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential as well as an intern. In addition, a home based model is available to children and families in Russell County.
Who is Eligible?
Children who are 3 to 5 years old are eligible for Head Start services. Pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years of age are eligible for Early Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF or SSI are also eligible for services. Eligibility is determined by Head Start program staff and some families may be eligible for services if they are determined to be at or below the federal poverty level. Some grantees enroll a percentage of children from families with incomes above the Poverty Guidelines as well.
Families are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
To learn more about the program or to enroll a child, contact our office at (334) 821-8336.