Prepare Now for 2017-2018 Head Start and Early Head Start Enrollment

May 18, 2017

Stark County Ohio --- The Stark County Community Action Agency is  accepting applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  Parents are encouraged to start the enrollment process now and gather required documentation to complete the application for their children.  Classes for the 2017- 2018 school year will begin in September, 2017.  Only children with complete applications will be given classroom assignments.
Head Start serves children ages 3 to 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten, and the Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children from birth to age 3.  The program brings many resources together to assist children and their families.  Head Start activities help children grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.  Resources in the areas of education, nutrition, mental health & disabilities, family services and parent involvement are part of this program.  Head Start is staffed by professionally trained and credentialed educations and assistants maintaining a staff to child ratio of 1:10 in full day classes and 1:9 in part day classes.  SCCAA Head Start centers are located in Canton, Alliance, and Massillon and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Stark County Community Action Agency first launched its Head Start program in 1991.  This federally funded, comprehensive program has been proven to prepare children for kindergarten and have a lasting impact on their lives.  Our school readiness goals focus on the growth and development of the child as well as the growth and development of the family. 
Through our Child Development and Early learning Framework in conjunction with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework, we are poised to create environments of educational success and life-long learning.  We are proud to serve children with special needs and we collaborate with school districts on providing service to children in the county.  Our classroom curriculum can be individualized for the child to meet their specific needs and goals.
Parent involvement is a key component of the SCCAA Head Start / Early Head Start program, empowering parents to become leaders and supporters of their children's educational experience.  Research involving Head Start parents shows they are more satisfied with their lives, more confident and healthier.  We offer opportunities for parents and caregivers to volunteer in the center.  Community volunteers are also welcome.
Head Start / Early Head Starts services are available at no cost to parents and caregivers. Children and families are eligible for the program if they meet federal Income guidelines.  Families who have income below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines, who are homeless, who are foster children, who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or who receive TANF/OWF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families / Ohio Works First) are automatically eligible for the program. Families must be working, attending school / training, or a combination of both to benefit from full day services.
Please contact our administrative offices at 330-456-6218 for more information, or to set up an appointment to enroll for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

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