Children with special needs are always welcome to the program and the Head Start & Early Head Start program is committed to providing classroom settings that include all children. All children who attend the program are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of disability. Head Start strives to meet the individual education needs of every child including those children who enter Head Start with an Individual Education Plan /Individual Family Support Plan through their school systems’ Special Education Department or Part C organizations, such as First Steps. The Disabilities Coordinator will work closely with staff and families to make sure the program is well prepared to welcome and nurture all children, especially those with disabilities.
If you suspect your child may have a developmental, physical, or behavioral issue, please share your concerns with the Disabilities Coordinator who is available to help families:
- Understand their parental rights
- Learn about available special education services
- Make appropriate referrals
- By attending education evaluations
- By attending Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings
- Know their child is reaching individual goals in the classroom
- By assisting in transition plans for children from one program to another, including from Early Head Start to Head Start and from Head Start to kindergarten.