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Head Start Preschool Services

 

Head Start is a Center-Based Preschool for children between the ages of 3-5. 

FOCAF provides high-quality early childhood experiences to prepare children for kindergarten and life-long learning. We believe that children are active learners with many ideas. An important part of our program is play.  It is through play that children are able to learn about their world and gain confidence in their skills.

Our educational program is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. While each child develops at their own pace, our overall goals for children are:

  • Children will develop and engage in positive relationships and interactions with adults and peers.
  • Children will begin to develop and demonstrate control over their feelings and behaviors.
  • Children will demonstrate receptive and expressive language skills and communication strategies in their home language. Dual language learners will increase their proficiency in English.
  • Children will engage with stories and books.
  • Children will demonstrate interest, curiosity, and eagerness in exploring the world around them.
  • Children will demonstrate persistence in learning and discovery.
  • Children will learn and use math concepts during daily routines.
  • Children will develop and demonstrate the ability to remember and connect new and known experiences and information.
  • Children will develop control of large and fine muscles for movement, navigation, balance, and manipulation of a variety of objects.
  • Children and their families will demonstrate an understanding of healthy and safe habits by following basic health and safety practices and by participating in their own preventative health care.

We provide a safe, welcoming environment where children can explore, challenge themselves, be successful, and gain new skills. We want children to become enthusiastic learners who are independent, self-confidant, inquisitive learners.

Families are their child’s first and most important teacher. We work in partnership with parents to support their child’s development at home and at school. We support children as they transition into Kindergarten and support families in becoming advocates for their child’s education for years to come.  We provide on-going learning opportunities for families through parentng classes, nutrition classes, health education, assistance in furthering education, and referrals/information to community resources and services.

Class Information:

  • 4 hour class sessions Tuesday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 12:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Our Kuna center is 3 1/2 hour sessions; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday).
  • Breakfast and lunch is provided in the morning sessions and lunch and snack in afternoon sessions.
  • Each classroom session is staffed with a Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Support Assistant Teacher.
  • Classroom staff/child ratio is a maximum of one to ten.

Home Visits and Family/Staff Confernces: Head Start teachers conduct two home visits and two family/staff conferences each year to provide families with information, support, and guidance about their child and to empower the parent in his or her role as the primary support person for the child.  Families aslo work with a Family Advocate and receives a minimum of three home visits per year.

Screening and On-going Assessment: Each child has an initial developmental screening that looks at their motor, cognitive, and language skills.  Children also have an eye and hearing screening, as well as, heights and weights.  This gives us an overview of where each child is in their development.  Teachers use Teaching Strategies GOLD to assess children's development on an on-going basis. 

Field Trips: Classrooms can take monthly field trips to enhance the children's learning.  Taking children on field trips is a way of helping them become acquainted with their community. The purpose of a field trip is for children to experience the world and to enhance their background of experiences.