Head Start Programs Illinois Head Start Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation

Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation, a Head Start Program of Gillespie, IL

223 South Macoupin Street
Gillespie IL 62033-0088
Contact Phone
(217) 839-4431
The Head Start Program is a comprehensive child development program for economically disadvantaged pre-school age (3-5 years) children. It also serves disabled children.Services are provided through either a center-based or home-based model, depending on the service area. As part of the health services of the Head Start program, all enrolled children receive medical and dental examinations and necessary follow-up, as well as nutrition services. Parent and community involvement, as well as collaborative efforts, are an important aspect of the project and are accomplished through the establishment of Parent Committees and Policy Council.Service area: Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun counties.
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.

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