Head Start / Early Head Start
What is Head Start/Early Head Start?
The Head Start/Early Head Start Programs are free, comprehensive child and family development school readiness programs available to income eligible families in Ashtabula County. School readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children.
Head Start offers services to families with children ages 3-5 years olds with the following program options:
Center-based is where the children come to class 4 days a week for 3 ½ hours each. Families receive 2 home visit and 2 parent/teacher conferences per year.
Combination-option is where the children attend class 3 days a week for 3 ½ hours each and the families receive 1 home visit per month.
Home-based option includes 1 home visit and 3 group socializations each month.
These services are offered throughout the county and classrooms are at the following locations:
Main Avenue, Ashtabula
Michigan Elementary School, Ashtabula
Pymatuning Valley Elementary School, Andover
Good Shepard Church, Conneaut
Cork Elementary School, Geneva
Rock Creek Elementary School, Rock Creek
Early Head Start is a home based program offered to pregnant women, infants and children up to the age of 3 years old. It is a full-year program providing comprehensive services to families through home visits, socializations and regular screenings.
Who does Head Start/Early Head Start serve?
Any family living in Ashtabula County meeting the federal income guidelines with a child aged 0-5 years old is eligible. A child can be automatically enrolled in either program if the family is homeless, receiving OWF or SSI, or if the child is in foster care. Services are available for children with a diagnosed disability who are on an IEP or IFSP.
What do I need to apply for Head Start/Early Head Start?
The following documents are needed to apply for the program:
- Proof of income for the past 12 months.
- Birth certificate or other legal document showing the child’s legal name and date of birth.
- Up-to-date immunization (shot) record.
- Health insurance card.
- Custody papers, if applicable.
- Dentist’s name, phone number and a completed dental exam.
- Name and phone number of child’s doctor and a completed Health Check Exam.
Does Head Start hire “real” teachers?
The Head Start Act of 2007 requires teachers to have a degree in Early Childhood Education. All staff must pass a background check and drug screening prior to being hired. Each classroom uses an approved Early Childhood Curriculum which monitors the child’s progress throughout the program year.
How can I contact ACCAA Head Start/Early Head Start?
The main Head Start/Early Head Start office is located at 4510 Main Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The phone number is (440) 993-7716 or (800) 676-7016.