Head Start Sites: Head Start State Collaboration Office
Community Action Agency Region VI 0-5 Head Start
Community Action Region VI Head Start
1411 12th Avenue NE
PO Box 507
Jamestown, North Dakota 58402-0507
Phone: (701) 252-1821
Toll Free: 1-800-726-8179
Fax: (701) 252-7108
Contact: Tammy Hoggarth, Director
Target Population: Head Start serves income eligible (based on 100% of the poverty level according to Section 645 of the Head Start Act) children ages 3, 4, and 5 from the counties of Barnes, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, LaMoure, and Stutsman. The program is currently funded for 198 children.
Application Process: Applications are taken year around (a waiting list is maintained). Applications are available at either site (Jamestown and Valley City) and at various agencies in the counties. Selection is based on criteria including income, ages (4,3,5), referrals, disabilities and other factors. Head Start is required to enroll 90% of the funded enrollment within the poverty guidelines and 10% of funded enrollment with disabilities.
Purpose: Our mission statement is:
Brief Narrative: Head Start is a comprehensive child development program including areas of education, health, parent involvement, family literacy, family services, and disabilities. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in Head Start. This includes assisting in classrooms, as bus riders, and all other areas. Head Start is mandated to form a Policy Council, which is a group of parents and community representatives, to share in the governance of the program. A community assessment is performed annually. Goals and objectives are determined based on the community assessments, Head Start regulations, Policy Council input, and staff input. The program options(how the program will serve the children) are also determined based on the results. The current program options selected are home base and center base (part-day, double session, single session and full-day). In the home base option, a family visitor drives to a family's home and spends 1.5 hours with the parent. The family visitor facilitates the learning experience through the parent, because the parent is the primary teacher. The family visitor also facilitates a cluster twice a month, which is a group socialization for all of the home base parents. 60 children are served in the home base option. The double and single session (120 slots) operate 3.5 hours per day, either in the morning or in the afternoon, Monday through Thursday, September through May. Friday is reserved for prep and training. The full day option (18 slots) is held at the Jamestown site from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., year around. There is no charge for Head Start services.