New sites in Bee, Blanco, Gillespie, Goliad, Live Oak, and Refugio counties promote academic achievement and school readiness for children ages 3-5
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded BCFS Education Services competitive grants to expand its Head Start work to Bee, Blanco, Gillespie, Goliad, Live Oak, and Refugio counties. The program aims to propel children ages 3 to 5 from disadvantaged backgrounds toward academic success and prosperity through the provision of educational, health, nutritional and social services.
Staff who were employed by the previous Head Start provider have been invited to apply for positions with BCFS Education Services.
BCFS Education Services currently operates 91 Head Start classrooms in 24 sites across Texas. BCFS Education Services’ new “Stonewall” program in Blanco and Gillespie counties continues the Head Start tradition where, in 1965, the first Head Start school in Texas was formed near LBJ ranch.
Head Start provides education, health and social services to pre-school children, helping to build strong foundations for success rooted in academic achievement and healthy living. The program promotes school readiness by enhancing the child’s social and cognitive development, while advocates for the child’s family connect them to helpful community resources.
“Thanks to the support of our community partners and public leaders, we are excited to expand our Head Start programs throughout Texas,” said BCFS Education Services Board Chairman George Cowden III. “Together, we will ensure children acquire the skills and confidence they need to be prepared for success in kindergarten and throughout their academic career.”
Families interested in applying may call (830) 331-8908 for details. Applications are available online at DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart, along with a list of necessary enrollment documents.
Services for children and families include:
- Individualized teaching
- Degreed teachers
- Bilingual services
- Social services
- Parent trainings
- Meals and snacks
- Disability services
- Dental exams
- Mental wellness
- Health services
- Field trips
- Bus and ADA transportation (not available at all locations)
A child is eligible to enroll in Head Start if he/she falls in one of these categories:
- The child is in foster care
- The family is homeless
- The family receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- The family has a gross income below federal poverty guidelines
- The child has a family member living with and supported by the child’s family receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
To be eligible, the child must be 3 or 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2014 and live in one of the counties listed above.
For more information about BCFS Education Services, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart.
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BCFS Education Services is part of a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations led by BCFS, focused on boosting educational readiness and outcomes in the classroom, as well as ensuring families have the resources, tools and information needed to start their children’s lifetime of learning off on the right foot.