HEAD START PROGRAM
Kathryn Massie, Director
Gari Melchers Complex
610 Gayle Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Phone: (540) 368-2559 - Fax: (540) 368-1978
|Meeting 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.
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.
WIDA W-APT Chart
2011-2012 Head Start Annual Report
Stafford Schools Head Start students continuously score at or above benchmarks for preschool children.
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
Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Kathryn Massie, Director
Last Updated: 05/07/2013