Empowered through education and pre-school programs with the support of partners and using pre-school educational programming, this Division prepares students for academic success by providing various learning initiatives.

Fall Festival HS/EHS

The anticipation is building as the Annual Head Start/Early Head Start Fall Festival approaches. This event is a highlight on the calendar for Head Start and Early Head Start families, offering an evening filled with delicious food, captivating music, entertaining games, and most importantly, a sense of unity and community spirit. On Monday, October 30th, at 4:30 pm, we invite all our cherished Head Start and Early Head Start families to gather at 770 Apple Orchard Road for a magical evening of celebration.

Lights, Camera, Literacy!

This past year, as well as this year, the children have been able to be a part of a PNC grant given to the UIS Sangamon Auditorium that allows the children of Head Start to attend 2 live productions of children stories each year. As part of the grant the UIS Sangamon Auditorium staff visits all the classrooms before they attend the productions to read the books and conduct activities with the children. The auditorium also offers a family night with activities, food, and a show. As part of PNC's commitment, volunteers from local banks help with the activities.

Wee Grow Before & After Care Program

United Way of Central Illinois

Wee Grow is a wrap around program for our working parents and our parents who are enrolled in school. This program provides care before and after Head Start /Early Head Start hours and is open throughout the summer, when traditional Head Start is not in session. Services are offered for families at our Cook Street site. These services are available from 6:45am-8:45am (Before) and 3:30pm -5:30pm (After). Financial assistance is available to families who qualify through Community Child Care Connection (CCCC).

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