CSP Spotlight: Head Start Helps Children with Disabilities

Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. follows the national requirement of reserving and serving 10 percent of its enrollment to include children with disabilities; including but not limited to physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. 

Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of all children are met. Within 45 days of enrollment into the program, each child will complete developmental, speech and language, hearing and vision screenings. 

Head Start supports the inclusion of children with disabilities in an integrated setting with children who are functioning within a typical range of development. This inclusive experience is beneficial for all children and fosters confidence and positive self-esteem.

When children are identified as meeting the legal criteria for a disability, as established by the State of Alabama, staff work collaboratively with Early Intervention and each county’s Local Education Agency (LEA) to assist families in accessing services. Children with disabilities may be referred by other agencies or identified through participation in the Head Start/Early Head Start program.

Head Start classifications for impairments and disorders include the following:

  • Health Impairment
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorder
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Hearing or Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Intellectual Disabilities

To learn more about Community Service Programs of West Alabama, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs, visit cspwal.com.

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