What is Head Start?
Head Start is a federally funded program for preschool children from low income families. The Head Start program is operated by Prince William County Public Schools for children between the ages of 4 and 5 years old. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities, receive medical and dental care, and participate in the USDA food program. Services are also offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognizes that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. Parent involvement is encouraged in all Head Start activities.
Head Start is located in several elementary schools: Bel Air, Dale City, Dumfries, Mullen, Neabsco, Potomac View, River Oaks, Sinclair, Triangle, West Gate, and Yorkshire. Four Head Start sites are located at high schools: Hylton High School serves children who reside in the Kerrydale, King, and Enterprise Elementary School areas; Gar-Field High School serves children who reside in the Vaughan and Kilby Elementary School areas; Freedom High School serves children who reside in the Minnieville Elementary School area; and Battlefield High School serves children who reside in the Sudley Elementary School area. We also service part of the Manassas Park area- for more informaiton on this classroom please contact the Head Start office.
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Frequently asked questions:
How does my child qualify for Head Start?
1. Your child must be four years old before September 30th; and
2. You must live in a school attendance area served by Head Start (see the list of elementary schools listed above); and
3. Your family must be below the Federal income guidelines.
How old does my child have to be to participate in Head Start?
Children must turn four years old before September 30 of the year they enter Head Start.
Where will my child go to school?
You must live in one of the elementary school boundary areas listed above. Those students who live in Elementary School areas not serviced by a Head Start program will not qualify for the Head Start program.
What are the Federal income guidelines?
Each year the Federal government issues the income guidelines for poverty. For example, a family of four would have to have an annual income of less than $22,350 in order to qualify for Head Start.
Prince William County Head Start Program Philosophy
Prince William County Head Start will respect all children and their families' cultures, ethnicities, race, beliefs and structure. Parent involvement and engagement is the cornerstone of Head Start. The program strives to build relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationship between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both children and families. Prince William County Head Start focuses on promoting school readiness through positive social and education skill development. Providing health, educational, nutritional, social and community services to children and families.
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