Collier County Public Schools Head Start Pre-K 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 federally-funded Head Start programs 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 for families meeting certain income guidelines. The Head Start program offers educational, nutritional, medical, dental, mental health, 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 that help them grow academically, 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 support the family in meeting its goals.