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Head Start works together with families to build bright futures

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
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Mabel-Canton students participate in Stop, drop and Read during Dr. Seuss Week. Photo submitted

Semcac Head Start is a high quality preschool program serving six counties in Southeast Minnesota. We work as a full-service support and development program offering services in four areas: Parent Involvement, Early Childhood Education, Health and Nutrition, and Community Services. Our staff is family-focused. Parents and teachers work together to plan activities that support each child’s growth and well-being.  Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.

Head Start works for the total child. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The activities encourage a love of learning and lifelong healthy habits. For example, they receive medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy creative play in safe settings indoors and outdoors. As a result, children get along with others, solve problems, and are more confident. The children also improve their listening and speaking skills.

Head Start helps all children succeed. Children, and their families, leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning and ready to succeed. Our school readiness goals are aligned with federal and state mandates. They are consistent with the State of Minnesota’s Goal to ensure that by 2020, all Minnesota children are school-ready as they enter kindergarten. 100% of children enrolled in 2011-12 progressed toward “full proficiency” across all domains of learning.

Head Start provides responsive and flexible programming. We are excited to announce two changes to our programming starting in August 2013. The changes are in support of rural families and young parents.

A new home-based option will reach families expecting a baby and/or with children birth-five years, for southern part of Fillmore and Houston counties. The option is weekly home visit by a trained educator and center socializations offered every 2 weeks.

Our Ostrander site is moving to Leroy-Ostrander Public School. We will offer a 6 hour day, M-Th, in sync with the school’s schedule. Children could take part in the School’s before and after care. Our bus would run from Spring Valley to Leroy both ways.

Our Preston site is open as well, offering a 6 hour day, M-Th.

For more information, or for an application for Head Start, visit the Semcac Contact Center in Preston or call 507-765-2761. Our focus is to serve families with limited income based on federal guidelines. All interested families are encouraged to apply. Staff will work with each family to determine eligibility.

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