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Head Start Program

From its beginning, the purpose of Head Start has been to promote school readiness by enhancing the social, physical and cognitive development of children. Children from low income families are given the "Head Start" they need to be successful in school and society.

Head Start programs focus on helping children learn:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Early Math
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Nature and Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Physical Health Practices

While most children entering the Head Start program are found to be below the average developmental scores of their peers, proven research and analysis show that they are on par with or above average when the leave Head Start.

Indian River County Head Start children performed even higher than the Head Start National Average in areas such as comprehension of spoken directions, letter recognition and early math skills. Scoring 92%, 65% and 70% respectively, our children flourish under the attention of passionate early educated professionals.

"We welcome the Head Start students into our kindergarten classrooms with open arms. Head Start has allowed us to monitor their progress and ease their transition into public school."
--Jon Teske, Elementary School Principal

At Head Start, children are provided a rich, stimulating, and appropriate classroom environment. In addition, the Head Start program offers health and nutrition screenings and services to ensure early detection and treatment of health-related problems.

Parental involvement in Head Start is stressed and encouraged as it is documented to improve educational performance. Parents frequently plan and help with field trips, visit classrooms, and adopt our "every moment is a learning opportunity" philosophy.

Children receive daily breakfast and lunch at the Head Start centers. They help to set the table, pour the milk, select and pass foods to each other. After the children clear the table each child "washes-up" and takes care to brush their teeth.

The Head Start centers in Indian River County serve the county's most needy families. In addition, 10% of students are those with special needs, and Head Start incorporates their learning into an environment of inclusion.

NAEYC Accreditation

All five EOC Head Start Program locations are NAEYC Accredited.

High quality programs provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the development of young children. NAEYC Accredited programs show their quality by demonstrating competency in the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program standards, which are based on the latest and most progressive research on childhood development and education. These are the 10 requirements for NAEYC Accreditation:

  1. Promote positive relationships for all children and adults.
  2. Implement a curriculum that fosters all areas of child developement: cognitive, emotional, language, physical and social.
  3. Use developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
  4. Provide ongoing assessments of child progress.
  5. Promote the nutrition and health of the children and staff.
  6. Employ and support a qualified teaching staff.
  7. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with the families.
  8. Establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.
  9. Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
  10. Implement strong program management policies that result in high quality service.


USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.