Walk-in Application Intakes are held every Wednesday (except on holidays) from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm at HJS Head Start (336 East 3900 South).
Aceptaremos aplicaciones sin necesidad de hacer una cita cada miércoles (con excepción de días feriados) de 9:00 am-3:00 pm en HJS Head Start localizado en 336 East 3900 South.
Head Start is a federal program designed to help young children get basic medical attention, make a smoother transition from early childhood to the school environment, and get on the path to self-sufficiency. Head Start is administered by Utah Community Action and other Utah nonprofits.
Head Start plays a key role in preparing our children for school. Our teachers and classrooms, combined with supervised interaction with other children, help a growing child develop important social and emotional skills, as well as a healthy concept of their personal identity. We know that social and emotional well-being in early childhood predicts favorable social, behavioral, and academic adjustment into middle childhood and adolescence.
To prepare children for school, our teachers design curriculum that encourage individual development for each child in three key areas: language development, which is fundamental to learning; literacy skills that lay the foundation for reading and writing, as well as familiarizing our children with books and other learning tools; and mathematics knowledge and skills, including understanding numbers, shapes, measurement, patterns, and other traditional mathematical problems. We know that math skills developed during the early years help children to connect ideas, develop logical and abstract thinking, and to question, analyze, and understand the world around them.
Physical well-being, health and motor skill development in a child are critical to the success of any educational program. With this in mind, our Head Start classrooms provide our children with the guidance to develop healthy habits that will support a lifelong foundation for a healthy life. We encourage play and exercise activities that develop strong motor skills so that Head Start children can explore and function in their environments, while they gain confidence in their physical abilities.
Head Start volunteers play a significant role in our classrooms by ensuring that each child receives the time and guidance necessary to become a well-adjusted and engaged student, ready to take the next step forward.
The health of Head Start children is one of our primary concerns. We provide a comprehensive health service program which includes preventive screenings and exams such as, immunizations, EPSDT physical exams, vision and hearing screenings, as well as developmental and mental health screenings. We work closely with families to ensure they identify a medical support service within the community to give them access accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered medical care for years to come.
Head Start takes a very active role in dental preventive services and promoting oral health care by working with our children and families to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age and maintaining them throughout life. Children receive a yearly comprehensive dental exam, including fluoride application. Children and their parents are educated in effective dental hygiene practices, including age and development level of the child and their ability to clean their teeth properly, and recommended dental frequency. Oral health education is completed by staff, and outside collaborative agencies through workshops throughout the year.
A critical part of Head Start’s role is focused on nutrition. We provide our children with two-thirds of their daily nutritional needs, which is important not only for their health and well-being but for their intellectual and social development. Many children living in poverty are facing malnourishment, hunger, or can be overweight and/or obesity. Head Start offers nutritious, ethnically diverse and child-friendly food through a state of the art food service program.
Head Start volunteers play a crucial and active role in children’s health and welfare by offering their time and professional services to help ensure each child receives the education, treatment, and support that will lead them to a healthy and fulfilling life.
We recognize that the goals for children in Head Start programs could not be met without parental engagement. Our strong focus on parents sets us apart from other social service programs. We use a variety of strategies to engage parents including teaching them the importance of their role in the education and healthy development of their children. Head Start provides opportunities for parents to contribute to Head Start program management by encouraging them to participate in classroom committees and policy council. Head Start believes that parents are the primary educator of their child and are urged to be an advocate for their children and their education.
Head Start aims to educate the entire family and to assist parents in their personal and family development. Head Start utilizes an individualized approach to parent education based on the identified interests, strengths and the needs of each family member. Case managers work intensely with parents to create goals and to build their capacity as individuals and as families on their path to living self-sufficient lives.
Head Start had established strong partnerships in the community. Collaborations between community agencies plays a crucial role in the comprehensive services that Head Start provides children and their families. Many families are simply unaware of the resources our community has to offer in adult education, social services, and counseling, to name just a few. By helping to provide access to these community resources, Head Start gives families a way to reach out and develop the foundations they need to reach their goals. These strong community partnerships ensure a seamless delivery of services to families and help avoid the obstacles that often play a large role in the cycle of poverty.
Head Start is available to children in Utah who turn 3 or 4 by September 1, 2016. Priority is given to families who have children with disabilities or whose income is within the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you are over-income and do not qualify, you will be asked for further information.
If you have questions, please call the Head Start hotline at 801-972-2337 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a la línea de ayuda al 801-972-2337 o escríbanos a email@example.com
>> Looking for Head Start in Tooele? Call 435-882-6743.
If you are interested in having your child participate in Head Start, please complete the 2016-17 Application and Medical History forms and bring them to your local Head Start office on one of our upcoming registration days (see our calendar here).
Cuando aplique al programa de Head Start para su niño, favor de imprimir las dos formas, la aplicación y la historia de salud y nutrición. Atráigala con usted a la fecha de tomo de aplicaciones.
Please bring the following documents with you to enroll in Head Start:
1. Child’s birth documentation
2. Child’s immunization record
3. Proof of income for past 12 months: (bring all that apply)
4. Proof of Residence
5. Please also bring:
Would you like to refer a family to Head Start? Please fill in the info below and we’ll contact the family.
To learn more about Head Start and early childhood education, browse the links below.
9800 S. 800 E.
6447 West 4100 South
8446 S. Harrison St. (300 West)
7 S. Park Street
336 E. 3900 S.
1234 South Main
1240 American Beauty Dr. (1065 West)
8275 West 3500 South
7430 South 1700 West
West Jordan 84084
3900 South 400 West
Salt Lake City 84115
328 West Wasatch St.
217 E. 7800 S.
7631 Chapel St (425 West)
4450 W. 3100 S.
73 West 6100 South
1050 W. 500 S.
5241 S. 4280 W.
999 South Main Street
3060 Lester Street
12891 Redwood Rd
1307 South 900 West
4600 S Redwood Road
Salt Lake Community College
4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City 84123
4430 W. 5570 S.
South Salt Lake
2825 South 200 East
3050 S. 2700 W.
West Valley City 84119
8400 South 3400 West
West Jordan 84088
222 North Coleman
U of U
1945 E. Sunnyside Ave.
West Village Child Care Center,
7220 South 2370 West
West Jordan 84084
Catherine C. Hoskins Facility
6447 West 4100 South
West Valley, Utah 84128
South Salt Lake Boys & Girls Club Facility
254 East Gregson Ave. (3020 So.)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
The mission of Head Start is to provide health, education, and promote self-sufficiency for children and families facing adversity. The core values of our Head Start program are: Integrity, Innovation, Commitment.