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 16 counties in the state of Maine. 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.
Head Startâ€¢ Comprehensive preschool development program for children ages 3-5 from income-eligible familiesâ€¢ Child centered approach to learning with a focus on school readiness in the areas of language and literacy, math and scienceâ€¢ Values parents as a child's first and most important teacherâ€¢ Dental, vision, hearing, nutritional, and developmental screenings and follow-up for all childrenâ€¢ Partnerships with parents to access resources in the communityâ€¢ Licensed facilities in Fort Kent, Fort Fairfield, Caribou, Mars Hill, Dyer Brook, Houlton, and Presque Isle offer traditional Head Start four days per week, three hours per day during the school yearâ€¢ Full day/full year programs are available to income-eligible families who are working or going to school in Houlton, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Caribouâ€¢ Meals are provided to children attending the program
Head Start is a free preschool program for children, age 3 through 5 until kindergarten-eligible, funded through the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and the Maine Office of Head Start. Head Start is available to children and families who meet federal income eligibility guidelines, as established by the Office of Management and Budget. Ninety percent of the children must meet income guidelines and at least 10 percent of those accepted will be children with disabilities. The program includes a preschool classroom experience for children, a range of health and social service supports, and many opportunities for parent involvement. Nutritious meals are provided to each child in a family style setting. Parents are encouraged to participate in classroom programs, home visits with staff, center activities, and on policy-making boards and committees.
Head Start is a comprehensive program for children from birth to age five and expectant families. The goal of Head Start is to nurture future success for children and families by providing education, support and resources.
Early Care and Education programs for children ages birth to 5.
Our program options are sure to include care that meets your needs and the needs of your child. Programs are designed for families who want to strengthen their ability to improve their lives, the lives of their children, and increase school readiness skills. Use the links to the right to find a program that best fits your child and family needs.
The Head Start is presently taking applications for 2011/2012 school year. To be eligible your child must turn 3 years old on or before October 15 2011, or turn 5 years old after October 15, 2011.
Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to income-eligible children and their families. The focus of this program is to ensure that children are ready to start school while addressing all aspects of a childâ€™s development and learning.
Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs for preschool children 0-5 years of age. Early Head Start is for children 0-3 years of age. Head Start is for children 3-5 years of age.These programs are free of charge for income eligible families. A sliding fee scale is in place for child care services. Children experience developmentally appropriate classroom activities to increase skills in Learning, Thinking and Doing, Social Interactions, Large and Small Muscle Development, and Daily Health and Nutrition Routines.c
SKCDC has operated the Head Start Program since its inception in 1965. Studies at that time showed that children from low income families were not entering school as prepared to learn as children from higher economic levels. Head Start was designed to offer high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, and social services, along with a strong parent involvement component. Initially, the primary goal of the program was to increase social competence in preschool children. That goal has expanded to include more emphasis on a child's cognitive development especially in the areas of language and literacy.
Waldo County Head Start (WCHS) serves children ages three to five, four days a week, for 128 days per year. WCHS offers part-time (four hours a day) and full-times (six hours a day) options depending on the needs of the family. Placement is based on a number of criteria; the primary one is family income. There is no fee for WCHS programs.
York County Head Start believes that a parent is the childâ€™s first and most important teacher. Our program is designed to assist you in that role. Preparing your child for school and helping him or her to develop the skills necessary for success is our goal.