VISION STATEMENT

​​​BCMW Head Start’s mission is to engage and prepare low income children and families for success in school and throughout life by providing opportunities, experiences, resources and advocacy. We respect all individuals and believe they deserve a chance to reach their full potential.

ELIGIBILITY

 * Children ages 3 to 5 years old (age 5 eligible only if birthday is after September 1st)

 * Family meets income guidelines.

 * Foster children, regardless of income.

 * Special Need Children regardless of their income (Limited number of available slots)


 * Automatic Placement for Homeless Children.

COST

BCMW Head Start is a federally funded program, so there is NO COST to qualifying families.

YOUR VISIT

Documents needed for appointment · CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE · CURRENT MEDICAL CARD OR INSURANCE CARD · CURRENT IMMUNIZATION RECORDS (SHOTS) · CURRENT INCOME

Examples of proof of Income are: *Most Current 1040 Tax Form or W-2’s *Three Current or Last Three Check Stubs *Current SSI &/or TANF Statements *Current Child Support Documentation

PROGRAM OPTIONS:

CENTER BASE -PART DAY is a 1/2 day (3 1/2 hours), Monday thru Thursday child developmental program providing children and parents with a learning environment in which to grow. Teachers, with parents’ input, plan activities on all the developmental areas. Centers are located in Centralia, Salem, Breese, Benton and Christopher. Classrooms are open from August to May. Contact Angie Stevenson ext. 144 if you are interested.

FULL DAY is an all day (7 hours), Monday thru Friday program.  Nap time is scheduled in the daily routine.  Centers are located in Centralia, C. City, Benton & W. Frankfort.

HOME BASE is a weekly home visit program with parent(s) and Home Visitor developing an individual learning program for the child. Two socialization opportunities are provided each month, whether in the center or on a field trip. Transportation is not available with Home Base. Home Base is available in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties. Contact Angie Stevenson at ext. 144 if you are interested.

TRANSPORTATION is now provided by SOUTH CENTRAL TRANSIT. Each bus is staffed with at least one bus monitor, a licensed bus driver and is equipped with child safety vests. The bus route is used as an additional learning opportunity for children.

PROGRAM SERVICES:


EDUCATION
Screenings, observations, and parent input are utilized to create an individual learning plan for each child in the following areas:

· Physical Development

· Speech and Language

· Self Help Skills

· Cognitive Skills

· Social & Emotional Skills

· Development/Literacy

· Field Trips

· Technology

PARENT ENGAGEMENT FAMILY SERVICES

Available Parent Involvement: Parent/Child Activities, Parent Meetings, Policy Council, Male Involvement, Volunteering in Classroom and Parent-Teacher Conferences

· Encouraging and Empowering Parents

· Advocating for Families

· Working with Family Goals

· Providing Literacy & Education

· Referrals to Community Resources

· Open Door Policy and Special Days

TRANSITION

Our goal is to collaborate with school districts and early intervention programs to promote a smooth transition for children and families in the Head Start Program and the public school system. Kindergarten activities, workshops and kindergarten visits are a planned part of transitioning for children and families.

HEALTH

The importance of early identification of health problems is emphasized by the Head Start Nurse. A complete health care program including referrals, medical, dental, nutritional and mental health services are available to enrolled families. Health Requirements are:

Current Physical
TB Skin Test Result
Lead Screening Results
Current Hemoglobin/Hematocrit
Current Dental


Contact our Health Services Staff at 532-4890 ext. 138 or 148 for any questions.

NUTRITION

Nutritionally balanced meals are served daily. It varies from breakfast, lunch and/or snack depending on the program option.

SPECIAL SERVICES

Early Intervention screenings given to identify any delays or concerns; Individualized Educational goals or health services are provided to address a child’s needs.


Contact Debbie Gibbs, MAPC, QMHP, Special Education/Social – Emotional Development Manager for more information at 532-4890 ext. 142.

BCMW Head Start Program

RECRUITMENT
Program Enrollment in all 5 counties.

Please call Angie, at 618-532-4890, ext. #144 for more information.

Come Join our Team

MISSION STATEMENT

BCMW Head Start Pre-Registration Form

​​​​We Empower the whole heart, the whole child, the whole family to reach their full potential.