KIRPC Head Start Program Overview PDF Print E-mail

WHAT IS HEAD START?

Head Start ChildrenHead Start is a comprehensive service organization providing preschool to low-income children and their families. Since 1965 the program has assisted families in the areas if health, education, social services, and parent involvement. The program is a federal program and is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. This Head Start program has a Regional Office located in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago office serves six states: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio. A Regional Officer is assigned to each program and is the communication link. Once every three years a Federal Review Team conducts on-site visits to every program in the nation. The federal government awards a grant and the local match of 25% is expected to come from volunteer hours in the classroom and community exchange of goods and services.

WHO IS KIRPC HEAD START?


In 1997, the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission (K-IRPC) was awarded a grant to provide services to 108 children and their families in Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties in northwest Indiana. Through expansion opportunities, 148 children are now served.

The counties served are rural with the largest community having a population of 5,000. The School Readiness Program is free to families who are eligible. The managers and/or director visit the sites on a regular basis and communicate and problem solve via phone, fax, and e-mail.

The transportation is contracted and services are paid through the grant.

The last Federal Review was conducted March 2005.

WHERE ARE OUR LOCAL HEAD START CLASSROOMS?

There are eight classrooms and five Head Start sites within the K-IRPC system serving Newton, Jasper, and Pulaski Counties. The sites are as follows:
Newton County: Roselawn, Generations Building and Goodland, Town Hall Building.
Jasper County: Rensselaer, Community Services Building, and DeMotte, Robert S. Fase Building.
Pulaski County: Winamac, Pulaski Human Services Building

CLASSROOM STATISTICS

Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant teacher. Classes operate 9:30-1:30 Monday-Thursday. A Family Development Specialist serves at least two classrooms. In the fall 2012, a snack and lunch will be served in this four-hour school day.

Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers in the classroom to help meet the 25% non-federal local match.

There is transportation available to each location and it is presently being contracted with the three community service agencies in the counties.

Transitioning to kindergarten is made easy through the Head Start process. School Readiness is practiced by using a developmentally appropriate curriculum to prepare children for their public school experience.

HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY HELP?

The best way for the community to help is to volunteer in the classrooms of your local Head Start program.

  • Taking time to be a “guest reader” demonstrates that literacy is important to adults and encourages the desire of the child to read.
  • Volunteering to assist in the classroom demonstrates that the community cares about low income children.
  • Volunteering is a win-win situation. The child receives encouragement and you receive satisfaction for having made a positive difference in your community.

HOW DO I CONTACT MY LOCAL HEAD START PROGRAM?

Rensselaer
967 E. Leopold St.
Rensselaer, IN 47978
219-866-8007 (phone)
219-866-8007 ( fax)

North Jasper
11978 N. 600 W.
DeMotte, IN 46310
219-987-7075 (phone)
219-987-7075 (fax)

Goodland
110 N. Benton St.
PO Box 250
Goodland, IN 47948
219-297-3888 (phone)
219-297-3555 (fax)

Roselawn
10448 N. 450 E.
DeMotte, IN 46310
219-345-2011 (phone)
219-345-2011 (fax)

Winamac
115 W. Pearl St.
PO Box 144
Winamac, IN 46996
574-946-4211 (phone)
574-946-3793 (fax)

Grantee
115 E. Fourth St.
PO Box 127
Monon, IN 47959
888-300-0795 (phone)
219-253-6659 (fax)


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