Head Start Birth to Five

Head Start Birth to Five

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The Head Start Birth to Five Program creates the foundation for children to become school ready. The areas of development and learning that define our School Readiness Goals for children under five years of age are established in the Head Start Child Development Early Learning Framework. The School Readiness Goals are critical in aligning our curriculum, program planning and the monitoring of children’s ongoing progress.

CACOST strongly believes the parent is the first and most important teacher for children; therefore, each child’s success demands a strong collaboration between the parent, the family and the community.

Expectant Mothers Program

The program is designed to help expectant mothers receive prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery information. Expectant mothers are paired with a home visitor support specialist whom they meet with regularly to help them prepare for motherhood. When the child reaches of age, they are given priority when enrolling in Early Head Start.

Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is a 10-lesson parenting curriculum designed by and for parents with children ages 0-5 to promote child school readiness and family well-being. The curriculum is available in Spanish and English and addresses best practices in brain development, early literacy, bilingualism, health, civic engagement, parent leadership, and planning for family success. 

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Health

Staff work closely with parents to ensure a child's medical needs are met. Developmental screenings are provided as well as referrals to treatment and wellness check-ups.

Physical Activity

CACOST uses the I'm Moving, I'm Learning (IMIL) curriculum as a tool to approach childhood obesity. Children are provided with monthly take-home activities as well as a calendar of activities to be performed daily.

Nutrition

We work with families to ensure the nutritional needs of each child are met, including those with special dietary needs and disabilities. Children are served breakfast, lunch, and a snack daily.  

Dental

The program promotes children's oral health by providing teaching staff with daily dental activities, ensuring children are brushing their teeth twice daily and distributing information to the parents.

Mental Health

A mental health professional assists staff and families by providing regular consultations and information on effective behavioral strategies to implement in the classroom and at home.

Eligibility Requirements

AGE ELIGIBILITY
Head Start Program serves children six weeks to five years of age.
INCOME ELIGIBILITY
Head Start services are available if your family meets the Federal Poverty Guidelines  To see the HHS webpage for the guidelines – CLICK HERE
PRIORITY ELIGIBILITY
Head Start eligibility is granted, if your family meets any of the following categories:
  • The child to be enrolled is in foster care
  • The family is receiving benefits or services through the TANF Program
  • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
  • The family is homeless
  • Children with a disability, including a severe disability Income eligibility requirements for Head Start may be waived, if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Eligibility Requirements

AGE ELIGIBILITY
Head Start Program serves children six weeks to five years of age.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY
Head Start services are available if your family meets the Federal Poverty Guidelines  To see the HHS webpage for the guidelines – CLICK HERE

PRIORITY ELIGIBILITY
Head Start eligibility is granted, if your family meets any of the following categories:

  • The child to be enrolled is in foster care
  • The family is receiving benefits or services through the TANF Program
  • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
  • The family is homeless
  • Children with a disability, including a severe disability Income eligibility requirements for Head Start may be waived, if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Required Documents

Proof of Income

1040, W2, pay stubs, unemployment documents, statement from employer, TANF or SSI documents

Age

Birth certificate

Proof of Guardianship

If applicable: foster care letter or child protective services documents  

Proof of Residency

Bill or statement with your name and address, example: utility bill

Medicaid/ Insurance

If applicable, verification of insurance

Immunizations

Shot record  

Counties Served

AGE ELIGIBILITY
Head Start Program serves children six weeks to five years of age
INCOME ELIGIBILITY
Head Start services are available if your family meets the Federal Poverty Guidelines  To see the HHS webpage for the guidelines – CLICK HERE
PRIORITY ELIGIBILITY
Head Start eligibility is granted, if your family meets any of the following categories:
  • The child to be enrolled is in foster care
  • The family is receiving benefits or services through the TANF Program
  • A family member living with and supported by you is receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI)
  • The family is homeless
  • Children with a disability, including a severe disability Income eligibility requirements for Head Start may be waived, if your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or a current Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

PROOF OF INCOME

  • 1040
  • W2
  • Pay Stubs
  • Unemployment Documents
  • Statements from Employer
  • TANF or
  • SSI Documents

AGE

  • Birth Certificate

PROOF OF GUARDIANSHIP

If applicable:

  • Foster Care Letter or
  • Child Protective Services Documents

PROOF OF RESIDENCY

  • Bill or Statement with your name and address, example: utility bill

MEDICAID/ INSURANCE

  • Verification of Insurance

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • Shot Record