Head Start is now enrolling 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers for the August 2019-2020 year.

Courtesy of the Office of Head Start – The first five years are critical to a child’s development. Research-backed early childhood education like Head Start promotes school readiness serving children from birth to five and their families.

While there isn’t a closing date to apply, New River Community Action, the nonprofit that coordinates Head Start in the NRV, begins screening applications in April, and the school year that begins in mid-August.

We encourage parents to get their applications in as soon as possible,” Sheryl Helm, director of HeadStart with the NRCA said. “We begin informing families in May. That gives parents time for physicals and to get vaccinations.”

The federally-funded preschool program offers comprehensive developmental services to children 3-5 years of age.

Involving the entire family, Head Start addresses education, social services, preventative health and nutrition.

The program serves parents by providing skills training, literacy classes, parenting classes, educational and employment training opportunities within and outside Head Start. Parents may serve as representatives on Policy Council, which is the governing body of the Head Start Program.

For applications, addresses and phone numbers, visit http://newrivercommunityaction.org/head-start-2/

In Montgomery County Public Schools, the Virginia Preschool Initiative is also…

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