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Macomb Community Action
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 10, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6999

Head Start 0-5

Head Start main page | Parent and Family InformationFAQ (Frequently Asked Questions about Head Start)


Head Start is preschool for 3 and 4 year old children provided at no cost to eligible families. Early Head Start is a program for pregnant women and children age 0-3 provided at no cost to eligible families. Collectively, these programs are referred to as Head Start 0-5.

Early Head Start (EHS) provides year-round services, in either the home or one of four local classrooms, for pregnant women and families of infants and toddlers 0-3 years old.

Head Start 3-5 is a school readiness program. We address each child’s needs individually in a play-based and supportive environment. Head Start staff facilitate a smooth transition into kindergarten.

Head Start 0-5 staff interact with families on a wide variety of early childhood development topics. Services include assistance with pre- and post-natal care, early literacy, health, nutrition, positive parent-child activities, social services, and parent education.

Head Start 0-5 embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families and staff. The goal is to support healthy development by encouraging practices that prevent illness or injury and by promoting positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance lifelong wellbeing.

Every child’s needs are addressed on an individual basis. Services are available for children with special needs and disabilities.

Families must meet the federal income guidelines in order to “income qualify” for the program. A family automatically “income qualifies” if they are receiving on-going, public assistance (TANF, SSI, FIP, CDC) through the government, if the child is in foster care, or is a ward of the state. Priority for enrollment is based on several factors, some of which are parental status, special needs, housing situations, etc.

2013-2014 Head Start Annual Report

2014-2015 Head Start Annual Report

2015 Self-Assessment Improvement Plan

2016-2017 Summary of Goals & Objectives

PROGRAM OPTIONS:

EARLY HEAD START

HOME-BASED EHS (0-3) offers:
Weekly (90 minute) home visits
Monthly socialization activities (held with other home-base families in a classroom,
community facility, home, or on a field trip)

CENTER -BASED EHS (for working families) offers:
A classroom experience up to 5 days a week, up to 10 hours a day
Periodic home visits
Diapers and food provided during the EHS day (formula or nutritional snacks & lunches)

BOTH EHS OPTIONS offer:
Care and education for children
Group support for parents
Workshops for parents
Parent-child play groups
Health and developmental screenings
Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos

HEAD START PRESCHOOL

HS 3-5 STANDARD CLASSROOMS:
Monday – Thursday
3 1⁄2 hrs per day
September – May
Transportation offered IF available

HS 3-5 FULL DAY / FULL WEEK CLASSROOMS (for working families only):
Monday - Friday
6 1⁄2 hrs per day
September – May
Transportation is not available

BOTH HS 3-5 OPTIONS offer:
Care and education for children
Group support for parents
Workshops for parents
Parent-child play groups
Diapers and food provided during the Head Start day

Health and developmental screenings

Creative Curriculum for preschool

How do we apply for Head Start?
Call our office at (586) 469-5215 to see if you qualify and schedule an appointment for an application. In order to complete the application, you will need proof of Macomb County residency, proof of child's age, and proof of income. Please also inform Head Start if your child has an IEP or IFSP.

Head Start

Where is Head Start?
Head Start classrooms are located throughout Macomb County. Our main office is located at 21885 Dunham Rd. Suite 10, in the VerKuilen Building, enter through door "D". The office phone number is 586-469-5215.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/ad-3027-usda-program-discrimination-complaint-form , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
       Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400
       Independence Avenue, SW
       Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.