The federal Office of Head Start awarded BCFS Education Services the Head Start program in Victoria, Jackson, Calhoun, Gonzales, Dewitt and Lavaca counties, beginning this upcoming school year. BCFS Education Services is a well-established Head Start provider, serving nearly 2,000 students and families throughout Texas.
BCFS Education Services will provide full-day preschool for 450 children, ages 3-5, in its first year, and 467 children in subsequent years. The full-day classroom model is part of a national movement led by the Office of Head Start aimed at bolstering school readiness for children gearing up for kindergarten.
BCFS Education Services’ Head Start not only provides individualized teaching, bilingual services, disability services, and healthy meals and snacks, but goes beyond the classroom to offer support services – such as trainings for parents and caregivers – that make a long-term impact on families’ quality of life.
BCFS Education Services is working closely with the previous provider and federal Office of Head Start to ensure an easy and seamless transition for children, families and community partners.
Information for Parents
Parents who have already submitted paperwork for their child’s enrollment or whose child is a returning student will be contacted by BCFS Education Services in July to confirm receipt of paperwork and enrollment.
Parents who have not already enrolled their child can still do so by contacting BCFS Education Services at 1 (855) 742-5010. Applications are available online at DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart, along with a list of required enrollment documents.
Recruitment and Staffing
The new service area will employ more than 90 personnel in various positions. Opportunities to join BCFS Education Services are open to all applicants, and staff of the previous Head Start provider must apply for a position with the new program. Interested applicants may visit www.BCFSjobs.com or attend a job fair hosted by BCFS Education Services the week of July 10th in the Victoria area. Specific date, time and location of the job fair will be posted on our website at www.BCFSJobs.com.
BCFS Education Services’ Head Start program provides:
- Individualized teaching
- Degreed teachers
- Bilingual services
- Social services
- Parent trainings
- Meals and snacks
- Disability services
- Dental exams
- Mental wellness
- Health services
- Field trips
A child is eligible to enroll in Head Start if he/she falls into one of the following 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, 2017 and live in one of the serviced counties. For more information about BCFS Education Services, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart.