Program promotes academic achievement and school readiness for children ages 3-5
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded BCFS Education Services the competitive grant to lead the Head Start program in Guadalupe and Comal 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.
Head Start provides education, health and social services to pre-school children to help them 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.
BCFS has developed partnerships with New Braunfels Independent School District and Seguin Independent School District to operate the Head Start classrooms, and is currently working to form partnerships with other school districts in the two counties.
“Thanks to the support of our community partners and public leaders, we are excited to expand our Head Start program to Guadalupe and Comal 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.”
BCFS Education Services currently operates Head Start classrooms in Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson and Kendall counties, serving approximately 340 children each year.
Services for children and families include:
A child is eligible to enroll in Head Start if his or her family falls in one of these categories: Family is receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Family’s gross income falls below federal poverty guidelines; A family member living with and supported by the child’s family is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Family is homeless; or Child is in foster care. To be eligible, the child must be 3 or 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2014 and live in Guadalupe or Comal County. Children with disabilities may also be eligible.
Families interested in applying in Guadalupe or Comal counties may call (830) 331-8908 for details. Applications are available online at DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart, along with a list of necessary enrollment documents.
BCFS Education Services is part of the global BCFS system of health and human service non-profit organizations. To learn more about BCFS Education Services’ Head Start program, visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net/HeadStart.