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 Head Start                                                                                                      
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. Transportation is available within a one hour route to and from school.
There are a number of different program options running the length of the school year.
Programs are located: 
Brighton - Classrooms located in Miller Early Childhood Center
Fowlerville - Classrooms located in Munn Early Learning Center
Howell - Classrooms located at LESA, Three Fires, Challenger
Hartland - Classrooms located at the Hartland Community Education building
Pinckney - Classrooms located in Lakeland Elemenetary
Gregory - Classrooms located at Howlett Elementary 
For enrollment contact a Family Advocate:
                            Kelly Spallone
                            Deb Verbison
                            Dawn Hardin, Family Advocate mail
                            Liz Shadowens, Family Advocate mail
                            Lisa Spohn, Family Advocate  mail
                            Lori Gnegy, Family Advocate  mail
Last Modified on January 29, 2015