BCFS Education Services will lead the Head Start program in Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson counties beginning this school year. 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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded BCFS Education Services the competitive grant to lead the Head Start program in Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson counties beginning this school year. The program, which expands BCFS Education Services’ current Head Start work in Texas, 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.
“Thanks to the support and partnership of our community partners and public leaders, we are excited to expand our Head Start program to Atascosa, Karnes and Wilson counties,” said Terri Hipps, BCFS Education Services Executive Director. “Together, we will ensure children acquire the skills and confidence they need to be prepared for success in kindergarten and throughout their academic career.”
The program will continue to serve 360 children (the same as in recent years) throughout the three counties. BCFS Education Services is partnering with the Charlotte, Jourdanton, Kenedy, Pleasanton, Poteet and Stockdale independent school districts to provide services at school-based locations. Eligible families may pick-up a Pre-K application at their local elementary school or download an application from BCFS Education Services’ website. Eligibility criteria are also available on BCFS Education Services’ site. Enrollment begins August 1 and classes commence in accordance with the local ISD calendar. Applications are accepted year-round.
The organization will also operate non-school-based sites in Floresville and Karnes City. These sites will begin enrollment on August 15 and applications can be dropped off at the centers. Classes will commence October 1.
Each BCFS Education Services Head Start classroom focuses on individualized teaching and comprehensive support services, complete with field trips, meals and snacks, parent trainings, mental wellness, health services, dental exams, disability services and even free bus transportation.
BCFS Education Services is part of the global BCFS system of health and human service non-profit organizations.