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 Head Start / Early Head Start
Head Start is a national program which provides comprehensive developmental services for income eligible, pre-school children aged 3 to 5 and social services for their families in the counties of Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne. In addition, Early Head Start provides developmentally appropriate enrichment activities to infants and toddlers ages 0-3.

 ​Some of the children in Dusti West’s classroom at Monroe Head Start center completed a take home project with their families.  Some materials with instructions to create anything they desired was sent home, this is the result of their hard work.  

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Read Across America Day

Launched in 1998 by NEA, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading, focusing coast-to-coast attention on the importance and the joys of reading!  NEA’s Read Across America provides resources to keep kids reading 365 days a year.  At Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. we are proud to participate this year on Monday March 4, 2019 with guest readers from our community reading in classrooms at our Monroe Head Start Center starting at 8:40am and continuing throughout the morning.  Participating guest readers this year are from the Oral Health Coalition, Senator Joe Manchin’s office, Cabell County Public Library and the Huntington Police Department.
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The Cat in the Hat makes a special appearance

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Head Start/Early Head Start had a special visitor Thursday September 8, 2016 for our first Family Engagement of the new school year at our Monroe Avenue location!

Child Abuse Prevention Month

​National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.  Dr. Isabel Pino was the featured guest speaker for the parents of the Monroe Center of Southwestern Community Action Coucil, Inc. event Thursday April 14, 2016 about Child Abuse Prevention. 
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Read To Me Day

Thursday was Read To Me Day. Thank you to all those who stopped by our Head Start and Early Head Start centers and read to the children! We appreciate you and the kids loved it!
Thanksgiving Celebration 2015
The children at the Monroe Head Start Center prepared this feast for the Thanksgiving holiday and invited their classmates from the 3-year-old room to share it with them, demonstrating social and emotional development firsthand. Never underestimate the generosity and love of a 4-year-old. We are very proud of our education staff and the parents of these children - they are doing a great job!
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Head Start operates in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne counties and serves 696 families.
Early Head Start operates in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason and Wayne counties and is funded for 110 families.
Early Childhood Development and Health
Head Start’s commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective of Child Health and Development Services is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.
The objective of Education and Early Childhood Development is to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity. The varied experiences provided by the program support the continuum of children’s growth and development, which includes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child.
Family and Community Partnerships
Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective of Family Partnerships is to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals, nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and advocate for communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures. The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.
Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. The objective of Community Partnerships is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners in their communities, in order to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.
  • Disability Services
  • Parent Involvement
  • Social Services
  • Health Services
  • Dental Services
  • Nutritional meals and snacks
  • Family Focused
  • Full Day
  • Center-Based program
  • Home based program (Early Head Start)
  • Mental Health Services
  • Free Comprehensive Screenings
  • Individualized Teaching
  • Well-Equipped classrooms
  • Federally Funded
  • Twelve month program
  • Nine month program (Head Start only)
  • Nationally Recognized
Head Start / Early Head Policies and Procedures
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