Head Start is a national, child development program, created in 1965, for economically disadvantaged children three to five years old and their families. Head Start promotes school readiness and focuses on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Head Start enhances the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to eligible children and families. Head Start engages parents in their children's learning and helps them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents. Head Start currently serves 221 families throughout Reno County.
Initially, Head Start served preschool children three to five years old. Later, Early Head Start (EHS) was created in 1994 to target the needs of pregnant women, infants and toddlers, in response to research that demonstrates the incredible importance of children's earliest years on brain development and the readiness to learn. With the addition of Early Head Start, Head Start offers comprehensive programming for prenatal women, children birth to five years old and their families.
Early Head Start is a unique opportunity to provide comprehensive services to expectant parents and families with infants and toddlers. Early Head Start focuses on the relationship between parent and child.
The Early Head Start Program provides services to 96 families including pregnant women, and families with children ages birth to three years old. The program partners with existing early childhood programs including the Reno County Health Department, The Early Education Center, The Department of Children and Families (DCF), and St. Francis to provide services.
Head Start is funded by the United States Congress and administered through the Department of Health and Human Services. In Reno County, the Hutchinson Board of Education, USD 308, receives the Federal grant to operate the program.
The mission of Reno County Head Start is to provide services to pregnant women and children birth to age five, while promoting a community culture that respects the diversity of families.
Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Services
All services are provided at no cost to participating families!
The vision of Reno County Head Start is to create and sustain an environment where low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth to five thrive by: