2017-09-27 / Education

Arkville Head Start enrollment open

With the hustle and bustle of getting children back to their schools for the 2017-2018 school year, parents of preschool kids not already enrolled can still get a reprieve from the Arkville Head Start program. It’s not too late to call the program and begin the process of registering children as young as three years old; even those who still need help with potty training.

Long supported by Delaware Opportunities out of Hamden, the local program, led by Kyle Holden, has gotten rave reviews from parents whose children have participated. The federally funded program for children ages three to five, is designed to help preschool children by providing a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs and to prepare children for a successful transition to the public school. Families from Phoenicia to Andes and Roxbury are eligible and transportation is available for most students.

For families with additional needs, Head Start also offers a home-based program to support the classroom program, and provides information, referrals, resources, and family support. Head Start serves children with disabilities in an inclusive setting and engages children with a variety of stimulating activities geared to each child’s needs and strengths.

Children are accepted in Head Start now if they turn three before December 1. The program also accepts new children throughout the year so if a child turns three after December 1, they can be enrolled immediately. Potty training is not required as Head Start staff work with parents and children in the potty training process.

For more information or to schedule a visit, call the Arkville site at 586-4002. People can also call the main office of Head Start at 607 746-1640 or can send an email inquiry to headstart@delawareopportunities.org.

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