Head Start, Virginia Preschool Initiative, and Early Head Start are preschool readiness programs with curricula that address development in social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, mathematics, science and social studies skills. Our Head Start (HS) program is funded to serve 251 children. Of the 251 children, there are 68 three year olds and 183 four year olds. The program has been able to add 78 four year old students with Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) funding. The Early Head Start (EHS) program is funded to serve 28 pregnant women, infants and toddlers. 12 other EHS families are provided full year home visiting services. Eligibility for HS, EHS and VPI are determined by income eligibility and a priority selection process based on need.
Our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classrooms are language enriched environments that help children develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in school. ECSE staff provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children between the ages of 2 and 5 that have been identified as having a disability. Preschool programs and services are based on the age and individual needs of each child as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team. The ECSE program offers a continuum of services to meet the needs of children found eligible for special education. Several of the classrooms include children who serve as peer models.