Head Start is a comprehensive program for children from birth to age five and expectant families. The goal of Head Start is to nurture future success for children and families by providing education, support and resources.
Community Concepts has won national awards of excellence for its Head Start program.
At Community Concepts, we believe that each child has unique and individual talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences by providing each child with individualized attention and activities so they may learn and grow at their own pace.
For an overview brochure on our Early Learning Centers that host our Head Start services, click here.
- Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers and advocates.
- Comprehensive services must be appropriate to each child and family’s unique and individual development, culture and language.
- Children should have varied and diverse opportunities to develop strong school readiness skills to ensure future school success.
- Parent should have the opportunity to be engaged in all aspects of the Head Start program.
- Models of service delivery must be based on the individual needs of communities.
Preschool Head Start
Preschool Head Start is a school readiness program focusing on the educational, social, health, and nutritional needs of children 3 to 5 years of age. The Head Start/Childcare option provides full-day/full-year services to parents who are working or enrolled in an education or training program.
- Teachers provide childcare and an educational curriculum.
- Individualized programming for families.
Part year programs consisting of:
- 1-3 mornings classroom experience each week.
- 1-3 home visits per month.
What do we offer?
- Health & Dental Screenings
- Healthy Meals & Snacks
- Educational Activities & Socialization Skills
- School Readiness
- Services for Children with Special Needs
- Parent Involvement
- Tools to Help Children & Families Succeed
What does it cost?
- Head Start is free for low income families who meet income guidelines.
- Child Care vouchers are available on a sliding fee scale for working families through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) . There are income guidelines that families must meet. For families over the income guidelines in need of child care , we charge a fee equal to the market rate that the Maine DHHS sets for voucher payments.
Who should apply?
- Anyone with children ages birth – four
- Pregnant women
- Children with special needs
- Families without a permanent home
For more information, please call:
207.739.6536 or email EarlyLearning@community-concepts.org
Our 2015-2016 Annual Report for Children’s Services can be accessed here: 2015-2016 Children’s Services Annual Report.
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