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 67 counties in the state of Florida. 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 Santa Rosa County School Board Head Start Program currently provides for 240 children ages 3 and 4 in Head Start and 40 children ages birth to 3 in Early Head Start.
Early Head Start - Head Start - VPKThe Early Childhood Programs consist of Early Head Start and Head Start. Our Early Head Start program serves infants to 3 years old, which is housed at the Baker Center in Punta Gorda. Head Start serves three and four-year-old classrooms served at the Baker Center and four-year-old Head Start/Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classrooms at most elementary schools. The Baker Center also has three Pre K ESE classrooms and one Pre K Inclusion class.
Head Start programs promote 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. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
Head Start is a national program, which provides comprehensive developmental services for low income, pre-school children ages three to five, and social services for their families. Head Start provides diverse services to meet the goals.
Head Start is a high quality early childhood program that serves children who are four on or before September 1st and whose families meet income guidelines. The Head Start program offers high quality educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, disability and other services through strong partnerships that promote success through school readiness and family strengthening. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.
Suwannee Valley 4Cs serve 318 low-income families with children from ages 3 t0 5, and over-income families with children with a diagnosed disability
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Head Start recognizes that you, as parents, are the first and most important teachers of your children. They welcome your involvement in Head Start activities, and will work with you as partners to help your child progress.
Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for children and their families who are age and income eligible, including children with disabilities or special needs. Head Start offers child-focused programs and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children ages three to five in low-income families. This program serves approximately 390 children in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, and Union counties.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start are early childhood programs for low-income families with children ages 0 through 4, including those with special needs. Classrooms have an excellent teacher to child ratio: 1 teacher to 10 children in Head Start, and 1 caregiver to 4 infants/toddlers in Early Head Start. Staff members screen children to determine their overall level of development, and make ongoing assessments to monitor each child’s progress. Each child is provided with experiences that maximize his or her total development.
The Head Start program is child-focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children. Head Start also provides children with daily nutritious meals and many opportunities for social, emotional, and intellectual growth that can prepare them for success in school and in life.