Head Start & Early Head Start

Miss Kelli, from TCW, and Miss Kristen, from Children’s Friend, discussed the importance of Head Start and Early Head Start on The Rhode Show. Did you know that 25% of Rhode Island toddlers are living under the poverty line? Watch Miss Kelli & Miss Kristen dicuss just how vital Head Start and Early Head Start are in this segment of The Modern Parent.

Head Start is…

  • Federally Funded– Head Start is a comprehensive program for low income, working families that services children from 3 to 5 years old, with a focus on providing supports for the whole family, not just the child.
  • Appointed a Family Worker – who connects the family with needed resources and also is required to do home visits.
  • Parent Support Services – (wraparound services) including free vision screenings, speech, hearing and dental check ups
  • Housing – 34 % are assisted with housing through Head Start support services
  • Disabilities – Head Start services a greater population of children with disabilities than overall childcare
  • Parent Volunteer – The Head Start Model values parent volunteering in order to instill, in all families, the importance of early education and kindergarten school readiness. It enables them to feel like they can have a voice to advocate for their child’s educational needs throughout their lifetime.
  • Curriculum – with a focus on school readiness, through a mixture of play and learning. The Head Start Model helps to prepare at risk families to be successful in their early academics.
  • Government Subsides – Head Start provides a quality stipend for programs if they are able to meet the standards each month.   These standards exceed what is required by DCYF licensing.  Working families are still responsible for childcare tuition.  Which may include the same DHS subsidy that El BeBe receives.

Early Head Start is… a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age 3. It is a program that came out of Head Start.

According to the Zero to Three National Center for Infant, toddlers and Families series it focuses on promoting these 7 attributes…

  1. Confidence — A sense of control and mastery of one’s body, behavior, and world; the child’s sense that he or she is more likely than not to succeed at what he or she undertakes and that adults will be helpful.
  2. Curiosity — The sense that finding out about things is positive and leads to pleasure.
  3. Intentionality — The wish and capacity to have an effect and to act on that desire with persistence, a characteristic that is clearly related to a sense of competence and of being effective.
  4. Self-Control — The ability to modulate and control one’s own actions in age-appropriate ways; a sense of inner control.
  5. Relatedness — The ability to engage with others based on the sense of being understood by others and understanding others.
  6. Capacity to Communicate — The wish and ability to exchange ideas, feelings, and concepts with others, a characteristic that is related to a sense of trust in others and a sense of pleasure in engaging with others, including adults.
  7. Cooperativeness — The ability in a group activity to balance one’s own needs with those of others.

(from *ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families published a series of monographs that similarly pointed to the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers as the precursors to success in school. The authors identified seven characteristics of children who are best prepared to thrive in the school environment (ZERO TO THREE, 1992)