What is Early Head Start and Head Start?

By: Jenny Cook/

Adrian Public Schools Early Childhood Programs

Providing Head Start and Early Head Start services to all of Lenawee County. As the provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs for all of Lenawee County, we partner with families of children aged birth to five as well as expecting moms to promote school readiness and family success.

head start1What is Early Head Start?

(Serves pregnant women, children birth to three and their families) From birth to three is the time in a child’s life where brain development occurs most rapidly. Parents have an important role in promoting their child’s development during this time period, and even earlier while the child is still in the womb. Early Head Start home visitors work with families to promote optimal development for pregnant moms, infants, and toddlers. During home visits, the home visitor will talk with you about how things are going with your child and your family. They will present an activity or experience for you and your child to share together. These activities promote child development and early learning in one or more key areas. Home visits occur once per week for an hour and a half. Play groups are also offered twice per month and are group experiences where you, your child, and other program families come together to promote social interaction and peer relationships.

In addition, three Early Head Start classrooms offer infants and toddlers the experience of a supportive learning environment for their growth and development five days a week throughout the year.

What is Head Start?

(Serves children ages three through five and their families)

Our Head Start preschool classrooms create a supportive learning environment where children follow a daily routine, participate in literacy and math activities, and practice positive social interactions. Staff assist families with accessing services and resources in the community while building family partnerships. Classrooms are located in the following Adrian Public Schools elementary buildings; Alexander, Michener and Prairie, as well as the Drager Early Education Center. There are a limited number of spaces that have transportation available. We also have additional classrooms located in Addison, Hudson, Morenci, and Porter. Great Start to Readiness, a state funded program, works in collaboration with us at some of our sites.

 

head start 2School Readiness

Our priority at Head Start and Early Head Start is to ensure that young children are prepared for school and learning once they age out of our program. Starting this process early is critical to lifelong success. The Head Start approach to school readiness means that children are ready for school and families are ready to support their children’s learning as their child’s first and most important teacher throughout their child’s life.

 

What makes our approach stand out is that we strive to ensure that children are learning in key developmental areas that are critical for success in school and life while also working collaboratively with families to help them reach the goals they have for themselves. Our program approach is comprehensive and meets not only educational needs, but also health, mental health, nutrition, safety, and family support needs.

 

Our Curriculum

At Head Start Early Childhood programs, we believe in utilizing tools and strategies that have been proven to be effective in promoting children’s learning and development. Curriculum used in the classroom and on home visits have been backed up by decades of research.

 

HighScope

head start 3HighScope is a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. The HighScope Curriculum is used in our Infant/Toddler (Early Head Start) and Preschool (Head Start) classrooms. HighScope’s educational approach emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions. Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In active learning settings, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.

Parents as Teachers

head start 4The Parents as Teachers Curriculum is used by the Early Head Start Home Based program, which serves families with children age birth to three as well as pregnant moms. Parents as Teachers is a worldwide leader in the delivery of evidence-based home visiting and parent engagement tools that demonstrate successful results in the areas of school readiness, literacy, health and development, and positive parent child attachment. Each home visitor is trained and mentored in the Parents as Teachers approach to ensure that the highest quality services are provided.

Partners for a Healthy Baby

head start 5Partners for Healthy Baby is the curriculum used by Home Visitors to support expectant moms. Each Home Visitor is trained in implementing this curriculum. Partners for a Healthy Baby is a nationally recognized, research-based, practice-informed curriculum used by many home visiting models to help address issues of child health and development within the context of the unique needs of expectant and parenting families.

 

 

Want to Learn More?

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Call us at (517) 263-1118 or visit www.apsheadstart.com for more information.

Adrian Public Schools Early Childhood Programs

Adrian, MI 49221


Jenny Cook is  the Health & Nutrition Manager at Head Start and she also helps with ERSEA: Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, or Attendance as well as Transportation. She was born and raised in Lenawee County and has two children ages 4 and 6.

 

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