SEVCA’s Head Start program in Windsor County offers a no-cost, high quality early education program to income-eligible families with children ages 3 to 5. We’re opening an extra classroom in Springfield on March 19 for 15 children, who will attend the program from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. There is still space available, so families should apply now! Families that need full-day care for their child should also apply, as there are a few afternoon child care slots available.
All Head Start sites in Springfield, Chester, White River Junction, and Windsor are accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Children must turn age 3 by September 1 to enroll. A full-day program is available in Springfield (M – F, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM), and our other centers in Chester, Windsor, and White River Junction will offer six hours/day of classroom instruction, 5 days/week (M – F, 8 AM – 2 PM). This makes it easier for children with working parents to attend, and gives children the chance to rest or nap in the afternoon, have an additional healthy snack, and enjoy quiet activities.
Head Start helps children reach their full potential by providing age-appropriate developmental opportunities, educational and developmental assessments that chart their progress, and health screenings. In addition, Head Start supports the entire family, providing parents with the information and support to become effective parents as well as to work toward their own goals. And this year, Head Start introduced a more comprehensive 6-week parenting class, Positive Solutions. The curriculum was developed through the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), and promotes positive and effective parenting behaviors, which in turn will promote children’s social and emotional development and help address their challenging behaviors.
“I like how involved the parents get to be in the classroom and out of the classroom,” said Felicia from Springfield. She recently attended a family craft day where she and her 4-year old daughter, Kendra, made friendship bracelets, and she said she enjoys the “buddy breakfasts” and “lady lunches” as well. Kendra is in her second year at Head Start, and Felicia is thrilled with how her daughter has come out of her shell: “Kendra wasn't a child to join in on group play with other kids her first year; now she will join in or even suggest a game they all can play.” Both Felicia and her husband had attended Head Start programs as children, and enrolled Kendra as soon as they found out there was a program in their town.