Head Start provides a comprehensive child-development program serving preschool age children (ages 3, 4, or 5) that meet family income eligibility requirements. The goal is to increase school readiness and social competence of young children in low-income families. EHS/HS provide a range of services including early-childhood education, health, nutrition, family services, transition, parent engagement, services to English language learners, mental health supports, and language and cognitive development.
The Head Start program is funded to serve over 900 children in five different locations in Chester City, Chester Township, Folcroft, Sharon Hill, and Aston. The site in Aston houses a full complement of early-childhood services including Head Start/Early Intervention inclusion classes, Early Intervention specialized classes, and Pre-K Counts.
Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Funding is provided by Administration for Children and Families, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) for the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and the Pre-K Counts Program.