Head Start registration begins this week across county
by Rachel Davis
Feb 24, 2013 | 2198 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County Head Start launches its registration for the 2013-2014 school year this week. Any child who is 3 or 4 years old or will be 3 years old on or before Sept. 2, 2013, is eligible to register for Head Start this year, as long as they are not yet eligible for kindergarten.

“Head Start has touched the lives of more than 6,500 children in Walker County over the past 31 years,” Head Start Director Rosemary Hataway said. “It is a school readiness program that takes the developmental approach to learning. Early education opportunities include health, socialization, nutrition, literacy and mathematics. Services for children with special needs are provided.”

The program tailors the educational experience to each specific child, including their families in the plan to help maximize the benefit to the child.

“Parent involvement is an important part of our program,” added Connie Davis, family service worker for Head Start. “When working with families, we focus on their strengths and guide them to set goals. We develop a relationship of trust and work with our families to build a healthy support system with family, friends and community.”

The register a child, the parent or guardian needs to bring a birth certificate for the child, proof of income (previous year’s income tax returns or W2s) and a diagnosis or IEP for children with special needs.

Registration at local schools will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

•Cordova — Feb. 26

•Valley — Feb. 27

•Lupton — March 5

•Carbon Hill — March 6

•Curry — March 8

•Oakman — March 12

•T.S. Boyd — March 13

•Parrish — March 15

•Sipsey — March 19

•Sumiton — March 20

Applications can also be filled out daily at the Head Start office at 1000 Viking Drive in Jasper.

For more information or for transportation assistance for Head Start children, contact the office at (205) 387-0555.