Head Start

Early childhood education can be effective in strengthening children for the learning curve that awaits them in kindergarten and beyond. Studies indicate that children who participate in Head
Start show significant improvement on test scores and are more likely to complete high school and attend college. With that in mind, GCCAC’s Head Start program is designed to promote school
readiness in young children from low-income families. This educational initiative is also designed to support the mental, social, and emotional development of pre-school aged children.

What We Offer

In addition to education services, Head Start programs provide children and their families with comprehensive services in the following areas:
  • Screenings and follow-up for Health, Development and Behavior
  • Health & Safety
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Nutrition
  • Family Goal-Setting
  • Social Services
  • Transition Services
  • Services for Children with Disabilities

Curriculum

The GCCAC Head Start program utilizes the DLM Curriculum, an innovative teaching method that merges child-centered learning with teacher support and technology. The DLM program provides
child with the skills needed to gain literacy in the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Health and Safety
  • Personal and Physical Development
  • Technology

Criteria for Qualification

Eligibility for GCCAC’s Head Start program is based on age, income, and residency. Family income is evaluated using federal poverty guidelines. Applicants are notified of an enrollment decision
within 72 hours after they have submitted required qualifying documents.