Collier County Public Schools Head Start Pre-K is for children that are four (4) years old by September 1st, and whose families meet income guidelines. The day is funded by both Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and the federally funded Head Start programs at the following locations: Avalon, Corkscrew, Calusa Park, Eden Park, Everglades, Golden Gate, Golden Terrace, Lake Trafford, Lely, Manatee, Naples Park, Parkside, Sabal Palm, Vineyards, and Village Oaks Elementary Schools, as well as Fun Time Academy.
Head Start is a high quality early childhood program for families meeting certain income guidelines. The Head Start program offers educational, nutritional, medical, dental, social-emotional, and other services through strong partnerships that promote success through school readiness and family engagement. Head Start partners with the District Exceptional Student Education Department 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 activities for optimal growth and development.
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 members work with parents as partners to help children progress and to support the family in meeting its goals.