Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in the following domains:
- Language and literacy
- Cognition and general knowledge
- Physical development and health
- Social and emotional development
- Approaches to learning
Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Services are provided to children in a classroom setting. Children attend a center 3 1/2 hours per day, 4 days a week. Transportation is provided. Children receive at least 2 meals each day. Each classroom is staffed with a teacher and an assistant teacher.
Head Start services are provided to children in both a center setting and through intensive work with the child's parents and family at home. A Head Start teacher visits the home 3 times a month to help parents choose and design learning activities suited for their child. Each visit lasts about 1 1/2 hours. In addition to the home visits, children come into the center once a week for a 3 1/2 hour classroom experience. Transportation is provided.
4 Year Old Kindergarten
ADVOCAP Head Start partners with the school districts of Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Ripon and Berlin to provide four year old kindergarten (4K) programming at the Head Start Centers. Children receive 4K services for 3 1/2 hours per day and Head Start services for 3 1/2 hours per day all at the same location.
Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. Parent and family engagement in Head Start is about building relationships with families that support:
- Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships;
- Families as learners and lifelong educators;
- Family engagement in transitions;
- Family connections to peers and community; and
- Families as advocates and leaders.
Head Start Centers
19 W. First Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54936
1225 Fourth St. Rd.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
North Fond du Lac Early Learning Center
923 Minnesota Avenue
North Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Prairie View Head Start Center
W911 Highway 44
Markesan, WI 53946
Successful partnerships within the community bring together the resources of all agencies and programs to best meet child and family needs. Families are provided with a resource directory to guide them in securing community resources.
Head Start uses volunteers to the fullest extent possible. Special efforts are made to have volunteer participation, especially parents, in the classroom, in program governance and in program assessment.