Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
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Contact names and numbers are shown on the Location Information Sheet linked below.
The PCS Head Start program locations for the school-year are listed below by area. Student spaces per site are limited. These are subject to change every school year.
Head Start is committed to a philosophy of wellness that embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.
The objective of Education and Early Childhood Development is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of children's growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.
Head Start offers parents opportunities and the support necessary for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.
Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.
Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity - Head Start is actively involved in the nation's efforts to decrease the rate of children classified as overweight or obese. Through activities that promote healthy nutrition and physical activity, Head Start programs make a huge impact on the healthy development of children and families.
Developmental and Behavioral Services - Head Start programs promote lifelong health for the children and adults in their communities. The programs help families find medical homes, stay current on all of their health needs, and receive the appropriate mental health services.
Child Safety and Injury Prevention - Identifying risks and preventing injury is fundamental to Head Start's mission. Programs strive to create safe and secure places for children to learn.
Health Literacy - Working with families and staff to build their health skills and knowledge is a core part of the work of each Head Start program. When adults understand and model strong health practices, children are more likely to embrace them as well.
Oral Health and Dental Homes - Head Start recognizes the critical nature of oral health for children's optimal development. Each program works with families and local oral health professionals to ensure that all children have dental homes that offer regular care and follow-up treatment.
Healthy Environments - The children and families served by Head Start programs may be more likely to live in places where they are exposed to smoking, and other air pollutants and toxins. Therefore, it is important that staff support families in building healthy environments through a variety of strategies
Sylvia Holmes, Senior Coordinator Head Start
Woodlake Center: Head Start
3425 New Jersey Road
Lakeland, Florida 33803
Phone: 863-648-3051 (English and Español)