Head Start-VPK is for children that are 4 years old by September 1st and whose families meet income guidelines. The day is funded by both the state (VPK) and the Federal government (Head Start) at the following Collier County Public Schools: Avalon, Corkscrew, Calusa Park, Eden Park, Everglades, Golden Gate, Golden Terrace, Highlands, Lake Trafford, Lely, Manatee, Naples Park, Parkside, Sabal Palm, Vineyards, and Village Oaks elementary schools.
Head Start is a high quality early childhood program that serves children who are four on or before September 1st and whose families meet income guidelines. The Head Start program offers high quality educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, disability and other services through strong partnerships that promote success through school readiness and family strengthening. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities.
The goal of the Head Start program is to prepare children for kindergarten. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities in accredited classrooms located at many elementary schools around the county. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.
Head Start recognizes that parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. Parents are encouraged to be involved in Head Start activities and committees. Staff work with parents as partners to help children progress and to help the family meet its goals.