Welcome to Early Childhood Programs!
Head Start Policy Council meetings will be held on 9/12/12, 10/10/12, 11/14/12, 12/12/12, 1/16/13, 2/13/13, 3/13/13, 4/17/13, 5/15/13, and 6/12/13. All meetings will be held from 10:30am to 1:30pm at Safety Town:
15325 Alrich Pottberg Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL 34610
Two or more board members may attend.
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The July/August NHSA Family Connections newsletter is available online. This issue covers two months and is longer than the usual monthly newsletter. Family Connections is produced by PreSchoolFirst and is an exclusive benefit for NHSA Program Members. To access, go to NHSA’s Family Service Resource Center and get the July/August issue.
HEAD START / EARLY HEAD START
The District School Board of Pasco County is a Head Start / Early Head Start grantee. Through this federally funded grant, high quality early childhood services promoting school readiness are offered to enrolled children and families from pre-birth through age 5.
The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. In FY 1995, the Early Head Start program was established to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years matter a great deal to children’s growth and development.
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN (VPK)
VPK is a state funded early learning program designed to prepare children for success in kindergarten. Prekindergarten Services offers VPK during the school year to Head Start children as part of a blended funding model, which includes 540 hours of instruction. Eligible Pasco County children who do not participate in any school year VPK program have an opportunity to attend Summer VPK (en español) offered through Early Childhood Programs or private providers. For more information on VPK, contact the Early Learning Coalition at www.phelc.org
The Prekindergarten Services Department vision is to serve families so that all children can learn and grow in a healthy, nurturing environment.
Angela Porterfield, Director
Policy Council Newsletters
- October 2013 Newsletter
- October 2013 Newsletter Spanish
- September 2013 Newsletter
- September 2013 NewsLetter Spanish
- April 2013 Newsletter
- April Spanish 2013 Newsletter
- March 2013 Newsletter
- March Spanish 2013 Newsletter
- February 2013 Newsletter
- February Spanish 2013 Newsletter