Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
LESA is the grantee for the Livingston County Head Start Programs providing comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged three to five year old children and their families. 10% of the funded slots are "reserved" for children with disabilities for inclusion in classrooms. The curriculum has a focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills needed to be successful in school. Additionally, attention to the whole child includes a focus on social and emotional development. Children learn skills to negotiate, problem solve and develop empathy as they interact with their peers and other adults in early childhood settings. Activities to develop gross and fine motors skills are included on a daily basis to make sure all five of the dimensions of readiness are addressed.
Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents, engaging them in their child's learning and making decisions about their educational goals. Parents are encouraged to participate in the classrooms by planning and supervising activities. There is also opportunity to serve on committees emphasizing health and nutrition as well as connecting with community resources. Parent may become involved in Policy Council, making decisions about programs and services for families.
Programs are located throughout the county, in each of the local school districts: Brighton, Fowlerville, Gregory, Howell and Pinckney.Tranportation is available within a one hour route to and from school
There are a number of different program options, starting in September and ending in June.
Program Locations and Options
Brighton, Fowlerville, Howell, Three Fires(Federal) Morning from 8:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. or Afternoon from 12:55 p.m. to 4:05 p.m., four days a week, 3 hours and 10 minutes a day.
Three Fires(State) School Day: 8:46 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. four days a week with a one hour nap from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Gregory School Day: 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. four days a week with a one hour nap from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
School Day: five days a week, 6.5 hours per day for parents who are working, in school or in training and not available for care. Located in Howell only. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hartland School Day: 8:55 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a one hour nap from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. four days a week.
Lakeland: Morning from 8:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. or Afternoon from 12:55 p.m. to 4:05 p.m., four days a week, 3 hours and 10 minutes a day.
Contact: Candice Davies, Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program Director
For enrollment contact a Family Advocate:
Last Modified on December 17, 2012