Northumberland Area Head Start
A free program promoting early learning and school readiness in partnership with families
Head Start is a free, comprehensive child development program for families with children ages three to five (who are not enrolled in kindergarten) and who live in Northumberland County.
Children with disabilities are welcome and included in all aspects of the program. In collaboration with CSIU Preschool Early Intervention, identification and specialized services are available.
Center-based pre-school services are provided in six locations throughout the county: Coal Township, Herndon, Milton, Mt. Carmel, Sunbury and Turbotville.
Children attend the center four or five days a week, for four hours a day during the school year. Each family also receives two home visits annually.
Designed to give children a ‘head start’ in school and life, the program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children.
Nutritious meals and snacks are provided during days at the center. Limited transportation is available for children enrolled in Head Start.
Offering child development, early education and family support
Every child has a variety of experiences that help foster social and emotional growth. Children also participate in indoor and outdoor play. They are encouraged to express their feelings and develop self-confidence, as well as the ability to get along with others.
Preschoolers in the Head Start program receive preventative health services including vision, hearing and developmental screenings.
Assistance is provided for families to acquire health insurance, obtain physical exams, immunizations and dental health care for their children.
Nutrition and health education are stressed in the classroom and during home visits.
Head Start’s philosophy is “the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher.” Family engagement is an important part of the Head Start program, as parents work in partnership with staff to promote the education of their children.
Parents help make decisions about the program at monthly Policy Council meetings. Head Start assists families by linking them to available community resources and services.
Do I qualify?
Head Start is a federal program funded by the Administration for Children and Families. Participants must meet federal income guidelines, and are selected based on child and family needs and circumstances.