To Head Start is a federally funded program that
serves children of low-income families, and children with disabilities.
The goal of Head Start is to promote school readiness in children and
self-sufficiency for their families through:
services - Social
Involvement - Early
Head Start ensures that all
enrolled children have all necessary immunizations, as well as medical, dental,
speech, hearing and vision screenings.
Social Service Providers work
with families to improve quality of life, and empower families to help
themselves. A clinical social worker is available to provide individual
Every classroom is staffed with a teacher and an
aid. All Kokomo-Center Schools Head Start teachers are state licensed and
are trained in early childhood development.
To help meet the needs of parents, school buses transport children to and
Head Start staff supports the parent's role as the child's first
teacher. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and join the
Policy Council to help make decisions that shape the program.
To qualify for Head Start:
Child must be at
least 3 years old.
Family must meet
federal income guidelines.
Or child must have a
There are classrooms at Sycamore and Indian Heights
Elementary in Howard County. The Sycamore site offers both full and
half-day programs. The full-day option is available to children whose
parents are working or going to school. Indian Heights, as well as South
Peru Elementary in Miami County, offers half-day classes. In Tipton
County, a home-based teacher brings the program to the families.
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Key Mission Statement
The staff of the KEY program creates a supportive
learning climate that will enrich learning so students can maximize their
academic potentials, enhance leadership qualities, and develop emotionally and
socially in order to be contributing members in our ever-changing society.
Major Program Goals
To develop and implement a differentiated curriculum
To provide opportunities to interact with peers of similar academic
To provide opportunities for students to pursue self-interests
To provide affective experiences for personal growth of the students
To provide experiences that extend beyond the classroom
To provide for an ongoing evaluation and revision of the curriculum
For more information:
Check out our page on the K.E.Y.
Alignment of Theme
Units and Novels
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"Reaching for Success"
The purpose of this program is to provide
an extended day program for those children who will benefit from additional time
and experiences in the areas of language development, reading skills, math
skills, motor development, and social skills. These experiences will
include small group instruction, hands-on activities, study trips, and an
extension of the regular kindergarten.
The student/teacher ratio for this
program will be 12 students to 1 teacher.
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