Head Start offers programs for children in low-income families

First Posted: 12/20/2009

Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is currently accepting applications in Luzerne and Wyoming counties for the 2010-2011 school year.

A federally and state-funded comprehensive preschool program, Head Start gives 3 and 4-year-old low-income children a chance to achieve their full potential and attain school readiness.

Free services, including education, health, social services, parent involvement, nutrition and transportation, are offered on a limited basis and opportunities for children with disabilities are provided.

In addition, full-day, full-year child care partnership services are provided in West Pittston and Wilkes-Barre.

Families must meet specific criteria, including age and income eligibility, to qualify. Parents/guardians are encouraged to apply early as selection for the new school year will begin in June 2010.

Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. also runs a PA Pre-K Counts state-funded preschool program, in partnership with several school districts in Luzerne County. This program provides similar comprehensive services to 3 and 4-year-old children and their families; however, income eligibility is set higher and no transportation is provided.

Another program within the Luzerne County Head Start agency is Early Head Start, a full-year child development and family support program for pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 3, available in the Wilkes-Barre, West Side, Hazleton, Hanover, Wyoming, Pittston and Tunkhannock areas.

To apply, or for additional information about Head Start, Pre-K Counts or Early Head Start, call 829-6231.

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