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Now enrolling: Head Start promotes and engages early child development

When you enroll your child in Child Care Resource Center’s Head Start, you’re setting them up for social and academic success.

Head Start provides young learners with the skills they need to be prepared for school. And there’s great news: we’re now enrolling!

CCRC Head Start locations across the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys are now accepting applications for enrollment. Qualifying families are invited to sign up for our award winning program with teachers who are passionate about child development. Though lessons are currently being offered virtually due to the pandemic, rest assured that our talented and experienced teachers are ready to engage and inspire your child to learn. One Head Start teacher, Lisa Ricks, likes to lead her students in physical exercise over Zoom as part of her class routine, while teacher Sy Hearn finds ways to inspire his students’ imaginations with song and dance.

When it’s safe to do so, Head Start will resume in person with the option for parents to continue their child’s learning from home.

Our Head Start program has a number of different components to meet your child at his or her stage of development:

Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program that promotes healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhances the development of very young children age 0 to 3, and promotes healthy family functioning. Through this program, a compassionate home visitor meets with the participant at their home for weekly visits to provide information and guidance on developmentally appropriate activities to do with their child. Information about community resources is provided and the home visitor helps with family planning and achieving family goals.

The Partnership is a leading national model based on the proven success of the Early Head Start program. It serves children ages 0 to 3 in a child care setting or 0 to 5 in a family child care home. The Partnership offers full day, full year child care to ensure children receive healthy early experiences and developmentally appropriate activities. The Partnership also provides comprehensive support to families to make sure their child’s health and wellness and family goals are met.

CCRC Head Start has been providing quality preschool to children age 3 to 5 across the San Fernando Valley for more than 20 years and expanded the award winning program to include Early Head Start to children age 0-3 in 2009. In 2014, Palmdale School District began to directly provide Head Start and Early Head Start services as a partner of CCRC.

Enrolling in CCRC Head Start also includes health, nutrition, and family services, as well as assistance with mental health challenges and other disabilities for children and families. Children with disabilities are integrated into the preschool environment and parents are assisted with any disability services they may need for their child.

Families enrolled with Head Start benefit from our CCRC Head Start nutrition program, which provides daily meals to 16,000 children through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Parents are encouraged to participate in trainings and workshops designed to increase parenting skills and literacy, prepare them for roles as Parent Council committee members, and to help them communicate with other parents and school administrators.

To be eligible for CCRC’s Head Start program, families must qualify under the Federal Income Poverty guidelines. Income requirements may be waived for special circumstance or disability, but must not exceed a specific amount.

Click here to apply for CCRC Head Start.

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