8 Cleveland Avenue
Buckhannon WV 26201-2847
Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start Program has excelled to a county, statewide, and a nationally recognized exemplary program. Recently, the UHR Head Start Program received reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and in October 2011, the national Office of Head Start conducted a triennial review and determined that the UHR Head Start Program was in compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations and policy requirements. They noted that areas of strength included program governance and team efforts. The UHR Head Start Program has expanded from its early beginnings of one center and one classroom of 20 children to five centers and ten classrooms service a total of 193 children. In 2002, a partnership with the local board of education serving four-year old pre-school children was established. To date, that partnership serves 77 four-year old children. Staff, funds and services are shared between both agencies. All teachers are certified and teacher assistants meet required certifications. UHR Head Start provides an array of services to Upshur County income eligible children and their families. Center based and pre-kindergarten services are available to UHR Head Start children. Based on the development of children, Head Start offers a balanced educational curriculum with special emphasis on the childâ€™s emotional, social, health, nutritional and physical needs. Family needs are met through a network of community resources. None of this would have been possible without the TEAM efforts of the Board of Directors, Policy Council, employees, and parents.
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.