The Webb County Head Start program is a comprehensive child development and early education program for low-income children, ages one to five years old, and their families. The program helps children become better prepared to succeed in school and in life by addressing the needs of the whole child. In addition to providing a research-based academic curricula, Head Start also provides an array of comprehensive services, including health and mental health screenings and services, nutrition, dental and vision services, and extensive parental involvement and early childhood development. The entire range of Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.
The Head Start program is
administered by the Head Start Bureau, the Administration on
Children, Youth and Families (ACYF),
Administration for Children and Families (ACF),
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
All Head Start programs
must adhere to Program Performance Standards. The
Head Start Program Performance Standards define the
services that Head Start Programs are to provide to the
children and families they serve. They constitute the
expectations and requirements that Head Start grantees must
meet. They are designed to ensure that the Head Start goals
and objectives are implemented successfully, that the Head
Start philosophy continues to thrive, and that all grantee
agencies maintain the highest possible quality in the
provision of Head Start services.
Further information about
Head Start objectives and their implementation is available
from the Head Start
Information and Publication Center.
by enhancing the social and
cognitive development of low-income
children through the
provision of health,
, nutritional, social, and other services that are deter
mined to be necessary.
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