Children come to a classroom setting to receive Head Start services. Center activities provide a variety of learning experiences that are appropriate to the age and individual needs of children. Each day is spent exploring and experimenting through play, music, language and physical activities. All activities are success oriented and enable children to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Each child receives two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences annually. We follow the Creative Curriculum.
- 1/2 Day Preschool: Children ages 3-5 can attend either a morning or afternoon class Monday-Thursday. Classes start in September and end in May following school district schedules. Children in a morning class receive breakfast and lunch. Children in an afternoon class receive lunch and snack. Class sizes range between 10-18 with a qualified teacher and classroom aide.
- Full-Day Full Year: Children ages 3-5 who need at least 20+ hours of childcare can receive Head Start and childcare services in Vermillion. This program runs 12 month of the year, 5 days a week. Our partner childcare centers are: Center for Children and Families and the USD Children's Center.
- Early Head Start Combination: Children ages 18-36 months in Tea and in Vermillion can receive 2 days of center-base services and receive 2 home visits each month. Class size of 4 with qualified teacher and classroom aide.
A home visitor comes into the home to work with parents as they support their child's development. Together the home visitor and parent(s) plan and conduct activities that focus on learning through hands-on exploration of materials. Home visitors serve 10-12 families each. Visits are scheduled weekly and last 90 minutes. We follow the Parents as Teachers curriculum. Families in the home-based program have the opportunity to attend socializations (PALS) 2 times each month.
- Play and Learn Sessions (PALS): Home-based families are invited to attend socializations held twice each month at a community location - a creative learning environment is provided and families have the opportunity to interact with their children and other adults and observe their children interact with peers and in an environment outside of the home.
- Expectant Women: Home-Base services provide support expectant women and is tailored to meet individual needs. The curriculum builds on information provided by their primary physician.
USD Head Start does not own or operate buses. Assistance is provided to families in accessing local resources to obtain transportation to program-related activities. Assistance includes providing information on resources available in the community, offering mileage reimbursement (in cases where it is an allowable cost to the program) and creating parent directories. Parents may also choose to In-Kind their qualifying mileage to the program. Transportation resources in communities may vary.