The mission of Wayne County Head Start is to optimize the potential and diverse strengths of children, families, and communities for a better tomorrow.
The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
Head Start also helps parents to become more self-sufficient, officials say. They, with the governing board and administrative staff, set policy for their own Head Start programs. Parents can also earn a GED degree or child development associate certification by being involved with Head Start.
Funds are granted from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to Wayne County to provide services to 3723 children in Wayne County outside the City of Detroit. Several agencies in Wayne County have been given the responsibility for the actual operation of the Wayne County Head Start site with oversight by Wayne County Head Start, a division of Wayne County Health and Human Services.
The purpose of Administration and Program Management is to provide administrative and fiscal support, leadership, training, technical assistance, and regulatory oversight to five contracted community agencies and a human resources vendor so that eligible children and families receive high quality services as mandated by the Head Start Performance Standards.
The purpose of the Family and Community Partnership Program is to provide information, training, skill development and referral services to enrolled families in Wayne County communities (excluding Detroit) so they can address their socio-economic needs and increase self-sufficiency.
The purpose of the Education and Early Childhood Development Program is to provide social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative development experiences and referral services to enrolled children, including those with special needs, who live in Wayne County communities so they can demonstrate the skills necessary to enter and succeed in school.
The purpose of the Child Health and Development Program is to provide health, nutrition, social/emotional assessment and referral services to eligible children and families in Wayne County communities (excluding Detroit) so they can obtain health services to support their development as they transition into the school system.
Eligibility based on income and age will be determined at the time of application. Wayne County Head Start does not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap, marital status, age, height, weight, or arrest record.
(serving Gibraltar, Trenton, Flat Rock, Grosse Ile, Brownstown, Huron, Woodhaven, Melvindale, Allen Park, Romulus, Taylor, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, River Rouge, Southgate, Wyandotte, Riverview, Sumpter, Belleville and Van Buren)
(serving Crestwood School District, Inkster, Livonia, Northville, parts of Clarenceville School District, Plymouth, and Canton)
(serving Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Hamtramck, and Highland Park)
(serving the Wayne-Westland School District)
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