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What is Head Start? ECKAN’s early childhood development services explained

ECKAN Head Start provides FREE early childhood development services to families who qualify. Services vary in each county and community, based upon the needs identified through a community assessment process. Families can sign up for the following service options (option 2 is the only option available in Osage County at this time):

  1. Center-Based Preschool for at least 6 hours, M-F for children ages 3 to 5 years.
  2. Home-Based 90-minute, weekly home visits for families with children ages prenatal to 5 years.
  3. All-Day childcare for children birth to age three years.

Head Start focuses on the development of the “whole” child and family. This means, we help families explore children’s overall health, mental health, social-emotional, and physical well-being as well as focusing on the typical intellectual development of children, including children with disabilities. Head Start believes parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Therefore, we support parents to better understand early childhood development as well as support them to assess and set goals to reach their dreams for life-long outcomes and success. Research has proven children and families who attended Head Start were much more likely to become highly engaged and productive citizens as adults.

ECKAN believes most people are doing the very best they know how to do. The question is, how do we begin to know those things unknown to us? Head Start offers intentional support to those who open their minds to ask, wonder, and learn. Go to http://www.eckan.org/headstart/ to learn which services are provided in each area. Contact information is available on the site, as well as an opportunity to enter information for someone to contact them. Anyone can call 785-242-7450 to talk to an ECKAN employee.

For specific services in Osage County, please contact Andrea Lacey at 620-803-2041 or Dillon Riley at 620-803-2040.

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