Head Start is a national early childhood development program that was initiated by the federal government in 1965. Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development for children birth to 5 years old depending upon the program option available. (Early Head Start serves children birth-3 years old; Head Start serves children 3-5 years old.)The purposes of the Head Start program are to enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help families move toward self-sufficiency.
Services are individualized to meet the needs and developmental levels of the enrollees as well as specialized services for children with disabilities, utilizing community resources.The purposes of the Head Start program are to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help families move toward self-sufficiency.Services are individualized to meet the needs and developmental levels of the enrollees as well as specialized services for children with disabilities, utilizing community resources.Coalfield CAP Head Start program is funded to serve 602 children 3-5 years old. Classes are available at sites throughout McDowell and Mingo County. Family development activities are provided for program participants.
Head Start teaching staff is qualified and credentialed to teach preschool aged children. Training is ongoing for all staff in order to ensure that the most current child development practices are incorporated into children’s daily activities.
Coalfield CAP and the McDowell and Mingo County Boards of Education now have a collaboration to provide services through both counties. All early childhood classrooms are collaborative classrooms, utilizing the same curriculum, outcomes assessments, etc. Partners also share professional development activities for all staff.
For more information about early childhood programs in either county, you may call: 304-862-2837 (McDowell County) or
304-235-1701 (Mingo County).
Major Service Areas Include:
Education: Head Start’s education component is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. Child plans are determined based upon the child’s developmental level and early childhood best practices as set forth by Head Start Performance Standards and WV Early Learning Standards Framework.
Health: Head Start provides all children with a comprehensive health care program, including medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services.
Family Development: Families are supported in assessing their own strengths and identifying areas of interest regarding goals for their family. Parent training opportunities are provided monthly.
Parent Involvement: Parents are the most important influence in a child’s development and are their child’s primary teacher. The Head Start program strongly encourages parents to become involved in the program through center volunteerism; parent center committees; Policy Council; and other committees. Parents are provided training opportunities based upon their interests.
Transportation: School buses are available to transport children to Head Start functions. Buses are used in all areas and are available for transportation of parents as appropriate.
Family Literacy: Literacy is evident throughout the Head Start classrooms. Parents are encouraged to read to their children and to participate in literacy activities for themselves, as well.