Tri-CAP Head Start is more than child care. It is a comprehensive family engagement program that helps your child get the best start in life and supports you as your child’s first teacher and best advocate.
At Head Start, licensed teachers, family service workers, and nutritionand mental health consultants all work together to support you and your child. Your child will receive:
- Nutrition, hearing, and vision screenings
- Breakfast and lunch
- Developmental screenings and assistance in obtaining additional services to address any special needs your child may have. At least 10% of children enrolled in Head Start are children with disabilities or special needs.
As a parent, you will receive:
- Education on issues such as nutrition, child development, parenting, and preparation for kindergarten;
- Family support and advocacy developed in partnership with staff to address issues impacting your family and help you meet your goals
Parent engagement is an important part of Head Start. Tri-CAP recognizes parents as children’s first teachers and welcome family involvement in all aspects of the program. Parents can observe and volunteer in the classroom or on field trips; share activities, recipes, songs, and stories; participate in monthly meetings; and join advisory committees. Head Start parents can also be elected to Policy Council, a group of parents and community representatives who work with Tri-CAP’s Board of Directors and management staff to review and approve budgets, hiring decisions, and policy changes.