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 113 counties in the state of Missouri. 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 Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old. Services are also available to infants and toddlers with the Early Head Start Program.
CAP St. Joe Head Start and Early Head Start services 483 low-income, infant, toddler and preschool-aged children, and their families at 14 center locations and home-based services throughout Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb counties.
Head Start is a federally funded child and family development program serving 188 children locally. Children involved with Head Start will build kindergarten readiness skills to promote their school success and abilities to learn.
Head Start... Provides comprehensive services to children ages 3-5. The unique array of services prepares children for school and gives them a "head start" in breaking the cycle of poverty. Over 700 children are served in ESC's Head Start program.
Head Start offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of communities in rural Missouri. There are nine Head Start centers, offering part-day and full-day services, one home-based and a combination program. Over 700 children annually participate in Head Start in the eight counties EMAA serves.
Grace Hill is a grantee of the Head Start program, serving 1,500 3 to 5 year old children and their families in St. Louis City. This comprehensive program is designed to foster the healthy development of young children, providing services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families. Head Start is a federally program recognized as one of the most cost-effective and successful programs in the nation for children.
Head Start approaches child development from various perspectives, and offers components targeting specific needs. The components are as follows:Education:Provides an individualized approach toward assessing childrenâ€™s needs and designing programs to help children grow intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally conforming with their age and development. Both the Denver Developmental Screening Test and the Learning Accomplishment Profile are used to help the parent understand more about the childâ€™s progress and to plan activities for the child.
Head Start is a child development program for children ages three through five from low-income families. This program is funded by the Health and Human Services (HHS/ACYF/Head Start Bureau) and the Missouri Department of Health. In addition, the community provides a 20% in-kind match for the federal funds provided by the HHS/ACYF/Head Start Bureau.Families must meet income guidelines established by the funding source to paritcipate in this program. There is no cost to the participant for these services.
MOCA Head Start Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for three to five year old children from low income families. Head Start has been a leader in providing services to children, including children with disabilities.
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency has administered the Head Start Program since 1965. Since then, we have continued to provide high quality services to thousands of families and their children.Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving income eligible families with children ranging in age from infancy through five years of age.