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 Pennsylvania. 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 is a federal early childhood education program. It promotes individual growth and personal development of preschool children, ages 3 and 4, by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutrition and social services to them. At least 90% of the children served are from "low income" families. Up to 10% of the children served may be from "over income" families. The income guidelines for Head Start are set each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which funds the program.
FREE preschool programs for eligible children ages 3 years to Kindergarten.
Indian County Head offers a center-based program option for children ages 3-5.
We offer six classrooms and home-based programs plus year round, full day service for income eligible 3 and 4 year old children. Educational, health, social, and nutritional assistance is available for children with special needs. We provide pre-school services to children ages 3-5 through classroom or home-based experiences. Our comprehensive services provided to income eligible families include: educational, health, social, family, and nutritional.
The Head Start program provides comprehensive preschool, childcare and home-based programs for children ages 3-5. Designed to give children a head start in life, the programs provide children with breakfast, lunch and a snack; inclusive education; assistance with obtaining health services; and social support for families.
Head Start is a free federal program for preschool children ages 3-5 from low income families. The goal of Head Start is to develop the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. These goals are accomplished through a well balanced program incorporating health, education, social service and parent involvement components. In each classroom, there is a degreed teacher and an assistant teacher along with approximately 18 children. Head Start believes all children can succeed when provided a safe and supportive environment. There are eight facilities in Lawrence County that house the Head Start program that offer a variety of program options. (part-year school-year, full-year and home based) They include Ben Franklin Early Learning Center, The Learning Tree Childcare & Preschool Center, Mohawk Elementary, Ellwood City Early Learning Center, East Lawrence Elementary, Pulaski Elementary, Northside Elementary and Hartman Elementary.
Head Start is an early childhood development school readiness, andfamily support program for children from birth to school age, theirfamilies, and pregnant women in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Wepromote family self-sufficiency, foster healthy outcomes, and enhancethe quality of life for children and families through education andpartnerships with school districts and the community.
Program Overview - As part of the STEP Early Learning Pathway, Lycoming-Clinton Head Start is committed to helping children and families succeed. Head Start gives children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life and families the tools they need to maximize their children’s success as well as their own.
Highly qualified, trained and caring staff provide comprehensive services that help children grow educationally, physically, socially and emotionally. We believe parents are every child’s most important teachers and encourage parent participation in all program activities and partner with parents to help children succeed.
Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that provides education, health, and nutritional services for each enrolled child. Eligible children must be between 3 and 5 years old and meet federally established income guidelines. A variety of social services are also provided to enrolled families. A minimum of ten percent of the total enrollment is set aside to serve children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. Head Start has thirteen centers located throughout Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter counties. There are also home base projects located in Elk, McKean and Potter counties.
The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) is a State-funded early childhood program that provides services to three hundred seventy-three (373) children between the ages of 3 and 5, who reside in the Pittsburgh area. There are over 30 community child care partners, including family daycare homes, group child care and center-based child care. All community sites are enrolled in the Keystone STARS Program, which is a state-wide, quality childcare enhancement program. Some sites are also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).