Early childhood education is a fundamental component of future success, from small communities to global enterprises. Children First is based on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to dream big and achieve his or her full potential. Our programs are designed to strengthen families and empower them to make positive change, while instilling a love of learning in young children who face real adversity.
As one of nine nationally recognized Programs of Excellence out of 1,800 Head Start organizations in the U.S., Children First is making great strides in the local community. The Head Start model promoted by the National Head Start Association (NHSA), involves support of the whole child, including the family and the community.
Head Start aims to meet the needs of young children through four major components:
- Education: Offering a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
- Health: Providing immunizations, hearing and eye screenings, dental checks, nutritional services, and early identification of emotional or physical health problems.
- Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer.
- Social Services: Providing outreach for families to determine necessary services, and connecting them to local resources.
Want to learn more? Visit the National Head Start Association’s website: http://www.nhsa.org/