York County’s Head Start Program

York County’s Head Start program is accepting applications for eligible children ages 3-5, including those with disabilities, for the current and next school years. Head Start is a federally funded program designed to serve eligible preschoolers through a variety of services in health, family services, and education.

The county’s Head Start program is taught at three locations: Griffin-Yeates Center on Government Road in Williamsburg, Bethel Manor Elementary School on Langley AFB housing, and Yorktown Elementary School on Siege Lane.

The Head Start program is designed to assist families in a number of areas, including:

· Fostering self-sufficiency by offering training and support services to parents

· Providing opportunities for self-sufficiency through child care education, referrals, financial counseling and family counseling

· Assisting parents in accessing health care services for their children

· Increasing and reinforcing family literacy

The program conducts home visits to provide support to families by informing them of the services available.

Application packets are available by calling (757) 890-3888. Eligibility is determined at the time of application. “Income eligibility or the thought of a lengthy application process should not deter parents from applying for this program,” Mrs. Newcomb said. “Head Start staff members are available to assist parents with the application process and make it as easy as possible.”

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