Head Start

headstart

CDCFC provides high quality, comprehensive development programs and services to income-eligible children and their families. Children ages 3-5 years old may attend full or
part-day preschool classes that focus on developing school readiness skills, along with providing health, nutrition, and other social services throughout program enrollment.

Program highlights:

  • Kindergarten preparation, including cognitive and motor skill development, problem-solving, and socialization
  • Health screenings
  • Speech & hearing screening and improvement
  • Social service referrals
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack daily
  • Classroom setting with child-focused activities
  • Educational field trips
  • Strong parent involvement focus
  • Teachers are loving, well-trained, dedicated Early Childhood Education professionals
  • Inclusion and outreach for special populations, including those with special needs and/or disabilities

To meet the unique needs of our families, CDCFC offers two program options:

Center Based Program

Children enrolled in this option attend a full or part-day session at one of our Head Start centers. Center staff uses a team teaching approach in creating a nurturing learning environment, with a child/teacher ratio of 17 to 2 in part-day classes and 20 to 2 in full day. We implement Creative Curriculum, which is an early learning program designed to create learning experiences that are organized around four major developmental areas — those being social/emotional, fine/gross motor, cognitive development, and language and literacy. Our teachers place special emphasis on the development of language and literacy based on its direct impact on early reading and school readiness.

Home Base Program

In our Home Base program, Home Visitors provide in-home, one-on-one instruction to enrollees and their siblings, with parents acting as co-teachers. To develop and enhance their socialization skills, enrollees participate in “socialization” days, which provide opportunities to experience a Head Start classroom setting.

 

CDCFC is a mandated child abuse and neglect reporting agency, any suspected case(s) of child abuse and/or neglect will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

 

Civil Rights and Non-discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income, if derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibit bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program compliant of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Compliant Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W., Washington, D. C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.