Head Start works with parents and community agencies to serve children regardless of disabilities.
For children entering with special needs:
All children are screened to determined strengths and needs.
With parent permission, each child's developmental levels and behavior are screened by the classroom staff. If a delay is suspected in any area, parents will be contacted for input and further testing may be recommended. Subsequent evaluations may take place at Head Start or at other agencies in the area. Head Start staff assists parents through all of these processes.
Head Start also has a Mental Health Consultant who is available to work with children, families, and staff to help identify and assist with mental health education.
Mental health issues may include:
Mental health services may include:
All services are provided free of charge; click on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page for more information.
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What is Inclusion?
Inclusion is the process of involving everyone in all activities regardless of special needs. Special needs can be seen in any developmental area including physical development, speech/ language development, social/ emotional development, self help/ adaptive development, or cognitive development. Delays in any of these areas qualify a student for inclusion. At Head Start, students are welcomed and integrated into our classrooms regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area.