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HEAD START PROGRAM

Kathryn Massie, Director
Gari Melchers Complex
610 Gayle Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22405
Phone:  (540) 368-2559  -  Fax:  (540) 368-1978
Office Hours are:  7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

 
OUR PROGRAM
ImageMeeting Students’ Needs

Parents and teachers partner together to screen the children for appropriate development in self-help, social, motor, language, and cognitive skills, as well as for health, dental, vision, hearing, behavior and emotional concerns. Parents and teachers write individual goals for each child, progress on the goals is monitored, and goals are revised with the parents mid-year. Daily lesson plans include objectives for individual students and records are kept of individual assistance provided each child. The classrooms provide active learning experiences with a variety of materials and equipment so that children have opportunities to express their feelings, explore new situations, and be successful. Children are encouraged to make choices, to solve problems, initiate activities, experiment and to question.


Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Stafford Schools Head Start provides a developmental curriculum designed to provide literacy and language development, early mathematical skills, fine and gross motor physical development, begin scientific inquiry skills, and foster creativity in music, art, movement and dramatic play. The curriculum also provides direct instruction for development of social and emotional skills, nutrition, health and safety practices. Early literacy development focuses on alphabetic knowledge, print and book concepts, Vocabulary and phonemic skills are taught in the context of books, songs, and rhymes through sound matching, rhyming, alliteration, substituting sounds, and identifying beginning and ending sounds. Daily instructional objectives and activities are based on the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.  Children plan, do, and review their activities each day.  Students are assessed three times each year with the Stafford Head Start Skills Assessment. Four-year-old students also are assessed in the fall and spring on pre-reading skills with the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening. Students who are fortunate to speak another language are assessed in the fall and spring on their improvement in learning English.  Teachers meet at least four times a year with parents to discuss the child’s progress.

Parental Involvement

Parents serve on the Stafford Head Start Policy Council, making program planning, policy, and personnel decisions, as well as assessing the quality of each aspect of the program. Parent workshops and activities are held each month, with information on budgeting, job search training, nutrition and meal planning, CPR and first aid, safety, health, and mental health topics, child abuse prevention, substance abuse, domestic violence, and healthy relationships.   Fatherhood development and male involvement activities are held each month. Family events are planned throughout the year. GED and parenting classes are held on-site. Each classroom strives to achieve 100% parent involvement with parents invited to volunteer as often as possible and to contribute activity ideas related to the curriculum. Parents contribute anecdotal notes on the progress of their child for the Skills Assessment and work with the teacher to write individual goals for the child. Teachers make at least two home visits each year.

Student Achievement

WIDA W-APT Chart
2011-2012 Head Start Annual Report

UPCOMING EVENTS
9/22/2014
- 8:00-3:30 WIC Clinic
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
9/23/2014
9/24/2014
9/29/2014
- 8:00-3:30 WIC Clinic
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM



RESOURCES & LINKS

Virginia Head Start Organization

Administration for Children and Families

National Head Start Association

Virginia Instruction for Early Childhood

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office

Head Start Center for Inclusion

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Smart Beginnings

Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network



CONTACT INFORMATION

Kathryn Massie, Director
Gari Melchers Complex
610 Gayle Street
Fredericksburg, VA  22405

Phone:  (540) 368-2559
Fax:  (540) 368-1978




Last Updated:  03/7/2014
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