The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

Local Head Start program taking apps

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Head Start is beginning the registration process for its comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children from ages birth to 5 years and their families at no cost.

Head Start is a federally funded program that is operated by Council on Rural Services/Kids Learning Place in Van Wert County. Children who attend Head Start programs are involved in school readiness that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social and emotional development. Children also receive medical and dental services, are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.

Council on Rural Services logo 2-2013Families are involved and are the center of Head Start’s success. Families can take part in the classroom as volunteers, help with class projects, and even serve on the Policy Council — a board that partners with staff in decision-making for the program.

What is available and how do parents enroll their children for the fall of 2017-18?

This fall, full-day services (six hours, five days a week) will be available in Van Wert. Another option is home-based learning with staff visiting families (1½ hours) each week and periodic group socializations.

Kids Learning Place participates in the “Step Up to Quality” program that rates licensed programs in Ohio. The Kids Learning Place centers in Van Wert are the only full-day education/child care centers in Van Wert County to earn a 5 star “Step Up to Quality” award from the State of Ohio.

Kids Learning Place is now taking applications for the 2016-17 school year. Call today for information about the program that provides services to children that are income eligible, in foster care, or homeless. The program also allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs.

To secure a child’s spot in the no cost program, call the following toll free local number at 866.627.4557 today.

Council on Rural Services provides education and support services through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) and Community Connectors in their nine-county service area.

POSTED: 04/05/17 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth