Head Start Program

Tonie Brite, Head Start Program Director

Tonie Brite, Head Start Program Director

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and FamiliesSoutheastern Community & Family Services, Inc. (SCFS) serves 1,000 children in 15 Head Start facilities, five of which are agency-owned.

SCFS’ Head Start program provides a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains: language and literacy; cognition and general knowledge; physical development and health; social and emotional development; and approaches to learning.

Head Start staff also provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. SCFS Head Start staff build relationships with families that support: family well-being and positive parent-child relationships; families as learners and lifelong educators; family engagement in transitions; family connections to peers and community; and families as advocates and leaders.

Eligibility

Applications are taken on children that are at least 3 or 4 years old by August 31 of the program year (class age).  In addition, SCFS are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Childcare to serve children 3 – 5 years of age (actual age).  Therefore, a child must be 3 years old before entry into Head Start classroom for Head Start services.

Priority will be given as follows:

1.  Eligible four year olds within income guidelines will be served first with consideration to the following:

A.  Documented disabled within income guidelines.

B.  Suspected disabled within income guidelines.

C.  Hardship (Ex: abused or neglected, impoverished, isolated child, physically or mentally ill parents, drug abusers, fosters care and homeless).

2.  Documented four year olds disabled over income guidelines.

3.  Over income guideline four year olds- lowest to highest income, beginning with Category 1, as listed on the SCFS’ Head Start Program Poverty Guidelines.

4.  Eligible three year olds within income guidelines will be served with consideration to the following: 

A.  Documented disabled within income guidelines.

B.  Suspected disabled within income guidelines.

C.  Hardship (Ex: abused or neglected, impoverished, isolated children, physically or mentally ill parents, drug abusers, foster care and homeless).

5.  Documented three year olds disabled over income guidelines.

6.  Over income guideline three year olds- lowest to highest income, beginning with Category 1, as listed on the SCFS, Inc. Head Start Program Poverty Guidelines.  

Special Note:

1.  Income eligibility is determined according to HHS guidelines and wage verification.

2.  Acceptance of over-the income applicants will be 10 % maximum (including documented disabled and returnees).

Recruitment/Application Process

The recruitment process is ongoing throughout the program year.  Special emphasis will be focused on recruitment in an effort to reach all eligible children and their families.  SCFS’ Head Start Program operates centers in six counties:  Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland.  

Enrollment

Enrollment for the next program year is to be completed by April 1 of the current program year.

Eligibility determination will be made prior to the to the child’s enrollment.  If the child is found eligible and is enrolled in the program, s/he will remain eligible through the enrollment year, and the immediately succeeding enrollment year.

To learn more about our Head Start centers, click on each center’s page link.

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