Parent Orientation Video

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Parent Orientation Quiz



Health & Safety Checklist



Parent Concerns - Video Playlist


Infant/Parent Trainings - Video Playlist


Parent Trainings - Video Playlist


Child Development Services

  • Use of Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister-Dodge that’s play based and environment rich
  • Learning/interest centers is the focal point of the curriculum
  • Use DIAL Developmental Screening
  • Creative Curriculum Continuum Assessment
  • Prepare children for kindergarten
  • Uses learning centers, individualization & small group learning
  • Field trips
  • Outdoor play (nature walks, balls, climber, etc.)
  • Children initiate own activities in learning centers:
    Math & Science, Reading/Library, Writing , Art, Block/Construction,   Dramatic Play, Sand & Water
  • Fine and Gross Motor Activities
    Table toys (legos, puzzles, beads, interlocking toys)
  • Teacher Directed Activities
    Information gathering and processing during circle time (Story time, music & movement, finger plays, flannel board, concept development)


Family Services

  • Safe, enriching experiences for children while parents are at school and/or working
  • Male involvement activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Local and out-of-town workshops/conferences
  • Decision making
  • Family activities
  • Participation on council and committees
  • Goal setting through family partnership agreements
  • Advocate for family
  • Familiarity with community resources and how to obtain
  • Career development/employment
  • Further education
  • 2 home visits by child’s teacher and 2 parent/teacher conferences 




Health/Dental Services

Children in Family:

  • Complete physical, Up to date immunizations
  • Hearing & vision screenings, dental screenings, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish, heights and weights
  • Dental screen, xray, fluoride varnish


  • CPR/First Aid Training, help with obtaining health insurance, assist in obtaining a medical home, health related referral services
  • Assist parents with finding a dental home for a child
  • Help for pregnant moms
    Dental screenings, physicals, follow-up

Nutrition Services

  • Children receive nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack
  • Meals served family style
  • Menus sent home
  • Quarterly nutrition education newsletter
  • Counseling
  • Feedback on nutrition assessments
  • Involvement with MSU Expansion Food & Nutrition Program
  • Color Me Healthy & I am Moving I am Learning Curricula
    - Parent component to curricula

Behavioral Health Services

  • Uses Ages & Stages Social/Emotional Assessment for children
  • Staff observe children on request
  • Provides training, counseling and supportive services to staff and families
  • Quarterly education newsletter
  • Promotes family mental wellness
  • Referrals to community agencies for long term counseling

Special Needs Services

  • Uses DIAL Screening and observations to determine if further testing is needed
  • Referrals to school districts or Early On & works with them to develop a plan to meet child’s needs
  • Help parents be advocate for their children
  • Transitioning of children and parents
  • Provides supportive services to parents
  • Helps children understand and accept differences


Activities At Head Start

After Hours Contact

Contact Us by Email

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