Macomb County Head Start accepting applications for Early Childhood Program – Macomb Daily

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Macomb Community Action is accepting applications for the county’s Head Start program, which provides free, year-round preschool education for young people up to age 5.

Head Start, which is federally funded, serves 18 of Macomb County’s 21 school districts, with locations in schools, churches and other facilities. The program offers individualized education for children, a specialized curriculum, bilingual learner support, parent/guardian engagement, family goal setting, oral health and physical well-being support , caregiver/early literacy initiatives, nutrition and safety education, and mental health and disability support.

“This program focuses on the child and their parents because we know they are the primary educators in the home,” said Linda Azar, director of child and family services division for Macomb Community. Stock. “Our holistic approach aims to ensure the child’s success in school and in life.”

Those interested in enrolling their child in Head Start must meet the following conditions:

– Household income must be at or below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines,

– Must be a pregnant mother or a family with children between the ages of zero and five.

Azar said those with “special needs and other vulnerabilities are prioritized.”

Additionally, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start office announced earlier this year that families currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would automatically be eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Head Start, which began in 1965, has served over 30 million children nationwide.

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