School of Education USD Head Start

Head Start (3-5 years)

Building Your Child's Future with You

Head Start (HS) is a comprehensive program that provides educational, nutritional, health, and family services to preschool children ages 3-5 years old and their families.  HS is a federally-funded program FREE to income eligible families.  Eligibility criteria may include family income, age of child and/or a child's special needs.  The Head Start program offers center base and home base programs.

Center Base Program

Center activities provide a variety of learning experiences that are appropriate to the age and individual needs of the children.  Each day is spent exploring and experimenting through play, music, language activities, and physical activities.  All activities are success oriented and enable children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  Head Start meets one-third of the child's daily nutritional needs by providing breakfast, lunch, and a snack.



Home Base Program

Home base units serve 10-12 families each.  A home visitor meets with the parent(s) and child for 1 1/2 hours each week at a regularly scheduled time.  Together the home visitor and parent(s) plan and conduct activities that focus on learning through hands-on exploration of materials.  Development of language and reasoning skills are also emphasized. 


Families enrolled in the Home Base program meet two times per month for a group socialization experience.  PALS (Play and Learn Sessions) provide an opportunity to interact and build relationships in a specially designed environment similar to a Center Base preschool classroom.