Head Start Child Development

Head Start Preschool

HS logo w cac block 4-14-15Head Start is a FREE, family-focused, preschool program for low to moderate income families with children three years of age through kindergarten - including children with special needs.

Head Start is unique from other preschools because children enrolled in the Head Start program receive comprehensive services that include educational services to prepare children for kindergarten, health and dental services, nutritional services, child and family literacy assistance, mental health, and other social services which help families achieve needs and goals. Head Start offers these connections to other agency and community resources along with parent education programs and parent involvement. Head Start has long believed that parents are a child’s first teacher.

Head Start endeavors to build on this bond through encouraging parents to be as involved in the program as their schedules will allow. Parents can spend time in the classroom, attend parent educational programs, participate in Program Governance, and more. To see some of the fun learning activities our classrooms do, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hhwpcac.

Our school year currently runs from mid-September to mid-May. We have both half day and full day classes.

Head Start is always taking applications, year round, but please apply early. If classrooms fill up, your child could be placed on a waiting list. A limited number of higher income children can be served each year, so all should apply. Special needs children are also encouraged to apply.

To find out more, click on our Parent Handbook. There you will find: a list of classroom locations, office sites and contact information, information about our services, curriculum, daily activities, nutrition, our School Readiness Goals, how to volunteer, when to send/not send your child to school, Head Start’s Policy Council, parent groups, and more.

f2 robot.HeadStart.2016apply, click on and print our application or contact one of the following Head Start offices. For application instructions, click here.

Winfield/Findlay Head Start
545 Winfield Ave., Findlay OH, 45840
(419) 423-3147 ext. 307 or 309

Kenton Head Start
950 W. Kohler St., Kenton OH 43326
(419) 674-4433 ext. 22  The Kenton CAC office is temporarily closed for structural repairs and maintenance. Please call the Hancock County CAC at 800-423-4304 for Head Start information.

Upper Sandusky Head Start
559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky OH 43351
(419) 209-0715

Putnam Head Start
1205 E. Third St., Ottawa OH  45875
(419) 523-3228

HHWP Community Action Commission
122 Jefferson St., Findlay OH  45840
(419) 423-3755 ext. 221

Aplicación de Head Start en Español - Coming soon! Las instrucciones en Español - Coming soon!

Are you looking for a program to adopt or an opportunity to volunteer?

We are looking for people like you! Our volunteer needs include:

  • Volunteers in the classroom
  • Help with maintenance of buildings,  grounds, and equipment
  • Supplies
  • Translators
  • Community representation on our Policy Council (parent board)
  • Financial contributions
  • Help getting the word out about Head Start
  • More!

Closings and Delay Information

Head Start bus pictureTo receive text messages about weather related delays and cancellations for your child’s Head Start classroom, please complete the following:

  1. Log on to http://gofindlay.com
  2. Follow the instructions to receive text messages and/or e-mail alerts
  3. Head Start is listed at almost the bottom of the page and you may also choose to receive weather alerts or other school closings at the same time.
  4. You will receive an authorization code which may take up to 5 minutes to receive.    Follow the instructions to enter that code and you are all set.  No more waiting to hear a broadcast or catch the scrolling message at the bottom of the screen at a certain time.  As soon as we give the information to the station you will receive it.

This messaging system has many items to choose from, you may select as many as you would like.  This messaging system is free. However, please be aware that if you do not have unlimited text messaging, this will use up the number of texts you have, each time it sends you a text message.

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