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Historical Perspective

Head Start is a federal program established in 1965. Since its inception, more than 22 million children have benefited from the program. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children ages 3 to 5 and their families. The program is child-focused with an overall goal of increasing the social competence of young children in low-income families.

Program Commitments

Head Start embraces a core set of values:

· Establishing a supportive learning environment for children, parents, and staff

· Respecting the community diversities through sensitive, proactive approaches

· Ensuring that basic health needs are met through comprehensive services

· Promoting individual development through social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth

· Fostering relationships with community agencies to best serve participating families

Partnership Model

The Education Service Center, Region 20 Head Start Program is a partnership model that works collaboratively with seven local school districts in four counties:

· Atascosa County - Lytle ISD

· Bandera County - Bandera ISD

· Medina County - Natalia ISD, Devine ISD, Medina Valley ISD, and Hondo ISD

Education Service Center, Region 20 is the Head Start grantee for Bandera and Medina County, as well as, part of Atascosa County. The partnership model allows the district, state-supported Pre-Kindergarten programs the opportunity to offer full-day services. There are 26 four-year-old classrooms and three-year-old classrooms. Each classroom is staffed with a degreed, certified teacher, and a full-time assistant. Family service associates support case loads of 20 to 30 families to ensure needs are met. Family service associates are trained and have received their Family Services Credential. The program provides a variety of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement. One of the many benefits of the partnership model is that both programs capitalize on each other's strengths, thereby providing improved quality educational services for children.

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