Clay County Head Start will conduct two enrollment opportunities for children ages 0-5-years-old later this month.
The first event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 27, at the Brazil Resource Center, 800 W. Jackson St., Brazil. The second event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 29, at the Clay City Resource Center, 710 Front St., Clay City.
There are four types of Head Start programs offered -- at centers and in homes -- depending on the age and needs of families and their children.
In the half-day center based programs, classes meet four half-days per week for three-and-a-half hours each day. There is a two-and-a-half day center program in Brazil and one in Clay City.
The full-day-full-year program is in session from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The program services children ages 3-5 and is located in Brazil.
There are two home-based programs. One program is for children, ages 3-5, and the Early Head Start program is for prenatal mothers and children from birth to age 3. In both programs, the home visitor will make weekly home visits to the home and arrange two socialization opportunities each month.
Parents interested in attending either April enrollment session should bring proof of income with them (either 2008 W-2 Form or a recent paycheck stub). If a family receives T.A.N.F., parents should bring their award letter. In addition, if a family receives food stamps, they are asked to bring their case number with them.
Head Start is a federally funded, income-based program that recognizes parents as the child's most important teachers. Education, health services, social services and parent involvement are the major components of Head Start programming.
Head Start also offers a Healthy Families program, which provides support services for prenatal mothers.
Families that may have more questions about programming or eligibility are urged to call Tina French or Heather Squires at 446-1103, Ext. 626 or 628.