Head Start's educational program is designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Children attend five days a week. The curriculum follows both the Head start Child Outcomes Framework as well as the Illinois Learning Standards. Children's growth and development is formally assessed three times during the school year. The student's are assessed on 6 domains: Social/Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Physical Health and Development, Social Studies, and Logic and Reasoning. Assessment results are shared with parents as well as activities that can be done at home to support their child's developmental growth.
Mental Health & Disabilities Support is provided to ensure children with disabilities are included in all program activities. Children with emotional and social developmental issues are also provided with referral and support services as needed to meet individual needs.
Health/Nutrition Children must be healthy to grow and learn. Head Start works with each family to provide medical & dental services, immunizations, and other health assessments. Nutritious meals are served family style throughout the program. Each part day child participates in breakfast and snack or lunch and snack. Nutrition education is provided for parents and children. Special menus are planned for each child with medical or religious beliefs.
Family Services Parents are encouraged to become an active partner in the program through direct involvement in program planning, program decisions and operations. Parents are welcome in the classrooms and encouraged to participate in home activities that support classroom learning. Families are assisted in goal setting & provided resources & referrals to local agencies.
Parent Involvement Parents are actively involved in the operations of the program. Parent Committees, Policy Council, Men That Care and classroom volunteering are a few of the opportunities available to parents.