CAPIC Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child and family development program serving low income families with children between the ages of three to five (3-5) years old. Head Start has been operating a successful early childhood program since its inception in 1965. The program is composed of four major components:
- Parent Involvement
- Social Services
67 Crescent Avenue.
Phone: (617) 889-5690, for general information press 0
Irene O'Connell Community Center
65 Nahant Ave.
Phone: (781) 289-9065
30 A Rose St.
Phone: (781) 284-1334
E.B. Newton Elementary School
45 Pauline St. Phone: (617) 846-3050
Our centers are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. . Most classrooms are in session four (4) hours per day. Full day classes are also available for working families who meet income criteria and who have a voucher.
Families with children between the ages of three to five (3 - 5) years of age whose income meets the federal poverty guidelines. Families whose income exceeds the guidelines may participate if there are special circumstances (e.g. a child with special needs or particular family situations that could be taken into consideration). Special needs children are welcome and integrated into our regular classrooms and provided special services as needed.
Head Start provides children with a classroom experience that is designed to help each child grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Each child is given an opportunity to learn and experience success at his or her own pace. Children learn through play by exploring their environment, making friends, solving problems and participating in a wide range of activities developed to help them acquire the readiness skills they will need before entering Kindergarten. Children participate in a comprehensive nutrition program which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack for afternoon sessions
Head Start offers parents an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that may lead to employment and family self-sufficiency. Family Advocates work closely with each family to provide support, information, referrals and help parents feel more connected to their classroom and community. Courses and workshops are provided regularly that include:
- Child Growth and Development
- Parenting Skills
- Support Groups
- Career Planning
Head Start believes parents are the most important people in their child's life and counts on parents to make the program work. By working together Head Start and the family can make a difference in the following ways:
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Participating in parent meetings
- Attending workshops
- Serving on the Policy Council