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Head Start Program

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. is grantee agency of the Summit County Head Start/Early Head Start Program. The Barberton Public School is a delegate agency.

The Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides high-quality early childhood education in age-appropriate, nurturing and secure center-based infant/toddler and pre-school learning environments. The home based option is also offered for 12 Early Head Start families.

The program goals are to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, promote healthy family functioning, and promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children and families while fostering self-sufficiency and life-long problem-solving skills.

Head Start/Early Head Start provides education and early childhood development, health services, nutrition services, services to children with special needs and family development services to 1,610 low-income children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and their families.

In addition to the scope of services above, the Early Head Start Program also provides a home-based pre-natal education/curriculum to enrolled pregnant women and their children, promoting healthy prenatal outcomes while enhancing the knowledge of infant/toddler development and developing healthy family functioning.

The entire scope of Head Start/Early Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are federally funded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Click here to view Head Start Family Handbook Calendar