KI BOIS Community Action Head Start Centers are recruiting children to attend Head Start for the 2018 – 2019 school year.
According to Head Start Director Donna Carolan, “We are encouraging parents to start the application process as soon as possible. Head Start classroom locations are based on need or number of children enrolled in a certain area. So when you apply early this allows us to get a ‘head start’ on planning locations for the upcoming school year, but most importantly helps your child get a ‘head start’ on their future.”
Head Start will also be providing Early Head Start. This program is for children six weeks to three years of age. This too is free for income eligible families and will only be available in the Sallisaw area. This program will start in February and has a limited number of openings, so you need to apply now.
Head Start services provided include health, nutrition, education, mental health, parent involvement and social services. Children with significant disabilities are a primary target group for recruitment efforts.
Also, children whose families are homeless, receives TANF, SSI or if they are a foster child are automatically eligible regardless of income. Head Start is a federal program for pre-school children ages three and four.
Although, Head Start is designed primarily for children whose families fall within federal income guidelines, all three and four year olds should apply. However, no more than 10 percent of the total enrollment may be available for children whose families are above the income guidelines.
Parents need to provide their child’s immunization record, and proof of income when completing the Head Start application for enrollment.
For more information contact KI BOIS Community Action Head Start serving Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh and Sequoyah Counties at 918-431-1284 or toll free 1-800-299-4479. If you need the Early Head Start Program serving only Sallisaw, please call 918-774-0801 or 918-431-1284. Also if you need information for a Head Start Center in Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore or Pittsburg Counties call 918-967-3325 or toll free 1-800-299-4479.
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