Applications are accepted for any child regardless of income. According to Head Start Performance Standards up to 10% of the total children enrolled may be over the poverty income guidelines. In addition, another 35% of the total children may be from families with incomes between 1-35% over the poverty income guidelines.
Early Head Start—Center Based
The Early Head Start program serves children ages 6 weeks up to 36 months (3 years). The classroom includes 2 teachers with 8 children in mixed ages. Each teacher is assigned 1 group of 4 children and the children stay with that teacher until leaving the program at 3. The teacher works with each child to teach the skill a child is ready to learn, whether it is crawling, sitting, walking, talking, fine motor skills or large motor skills. As the child progresses, new skills are added.
RCCDC serves 28 pregnant women assisting the mother prepare for delivery of a healthy baby and healthy mother following the birth. The program follows the mother and baby until the child is able to enroll in the classroom.
Head Start—Center Based
The Head Start program serves children ages 3-5 years in a classroom with a teacher and a teacher assistant. The number of children in a classroom ranges from 15-18 and with a variety of abilities.
In order to provide a variety of learning experiences, Regina Coeli also offers the Home Based program in which a trained Home Visitor teaches the parent how to teach the child during a visit to the child’s home. Activities are planned for the parent and child to use materials most likely to be found in the home. The parent and child receive one 90 minute home visit per week and monthly social activities with other children and parents.
Children with Identified Disabilities
Head Start Performance Standards require us to serve a minimum of 10% enrolled children with an identified disability. The children are enrolled in classrooms with typical children in order for all children to learn about children with different types of abilities.