We Empower the whole heart, the whole child, the whole family to reach their full potential.
Come Join our Team
* 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.
BCMW Head Start is a federally funded program, so there is NO COST to qualifying families.
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
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.
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
· Field Trips
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
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.
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:
TB Skin Test Result
Lead Screening Results
Contact our Health Services Staff at 532-4890 ext. 138 or 148 for any questions.
Nutritionally balanced meals are served daily. It varies from breakfast, lunch and/or snack depending on the program option.
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 Special Education/Social – Emotional Development Manager for more information at 532-4890 ext. 142.
BCMW Head Start Program
Program Enrollment in all 5 counties.
Please call Angie, at 618-532-4890, ext. #144 for more information.
BCMW Head Start Pre-Registration Form
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.