Head Start

HEAD START PHILOSOPHY

Head Start believes that each child is a unique individual. A child can benefit most from a comprehensive program that involves both the family and community. As the family is the principle influence of the child's development, they must be direct participant in the program. The program serves the child through educational, health, nutrition, mental health services and provides support and needed services for the total family. As the basic needs of the family are met, it is enabled to better nurture the development of their children.

HEAD START MISSION

Martin Community Action, Inc. Head Start Program's mission is to serve and act on the behalf of the needs, rights and well being of all young children in partnership with families and communities.

HEAD START PURPOSE

Provide quality services that are family centered and community based

Serving Beaufort, Martin, and Pitt Counties

Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive preschool developmental program that provides services to income eligible children and their families.

The Head Start Program operates in the context of the child's total environment: Classroom, Family, and Community.The program promotes school readiness but also health, nutrition, mental health, family services, and parent involvement.

MCAI Head Start Program has been operating in the Martin County area since 1965; Beaufort County area since 1977; and the Pitt County area since 1985. Our Head Start program serves 547 children ages 3-5, operates from September through May. The Head Start Centers are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Head Start believes that each child is an unique individual. A child can benefit most from a comprehensive program, which involves both the family and community. As the family is the principle influence on a child's development, they must be a direct participant in the program. Thus the program serves the child not only through educational, health, nutrition, and mental health services, but also provides support and needed services for the total family. As the basic needs of the family are met, they are enabled to better nurture the development of its children.

 

MCAI Head Start Staff

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