Now that summer is coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of school. If your child has been accepted into the Head Start/Early Head Start program in your community, the first day of school is approaching fast. 

 

Head Start/Early Head Start children get a “head start” on school readiness which lays the groundwork for their future. Through their playing, singing and learning, children gain skills which ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and science skills and become successful students. Head Start/Early Head Start children also learn school readiness skills which help them understand the routines of school, how to work in groups and how to be a student.

Head Start/Early Head Start children classrooms are organized by centers or areas which are divided by different subjects and types of play. For example, a typical classroom has the following centers: reading, arts and crafts, water/sand table, building and math toys, and a pretend play area. The school day is structured with both, time for free play, during which children can choose which centers to play in, as well as structured scheduled time devoted to daily learning objectives. 

Head Start’s philosophy holds that parents are the primary educators of their children. We engage and empower parents to provide a lasting impact on the lives of their children.  An apple for the teacher….it’s really nothing new. Except when you remember, parents are teachers too! 

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, and Child Care Partnership programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.  Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.                 

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