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Families can now enroll in Head Start

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The Brazil Head Start will hold its annual recruitment fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 12 at the Clay County Children's Center, 623 W National Ave.

The Clay City Resource Center will hold its recruitment fair on June 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Clay City Resource Center is located at 710 Front St. in Clay City.

There is no charge to eligible families for this nationally recognized educational program that helps parents prepare their children for school. Head Start also serves families who have children with special needs.

In Brazil, there are three types of Head Start programs offered: Two morning classes and one afternoon class that meet four, half-days per week, (Tuesday-Friday). Meals are provided and transportation is provided for those living on transportation routes.

The Clay City program offers a full-day, full-year program.

Classes run five days a week for six hours each day. Again, meals are provided and transportation is provided for those living on transportation routes.

There are two home-based options. Early Head Start serves pregnant women and children from birth to 3 years old.

The second home-base option is for children ages 3-5. In both programs, the Head Start teacher makes weekly home visits and organizes center days twice each month, with transportation and meals provided.

Head Start services are also offered to children enrolled in childcare. In this option, the Child Care mentor works with the Child Care Provider to provide Head Start services to the child in the child care setting.

Parents planning to attend the recruitment fair should bring with them, proof of income, (a recent pay stub, 2002 w-2s, child support docket). If the family receives TANF, Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise or food stamps, parents should bring that letter with them.

Head Start is a federally funded, income-based program that recognizes parents as the child's most important teachers.

Parent involvement, education, health services, and social services are the major components of the Head Start Program.

If you are unable to attend but have questions about programming or eligibility you can call and speak with Tina French at ext 621 or Karen Sutherland at ext. 622. Call (888) 882-4441.

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