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Head Start Program

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. is the grantee agency of the Summit County Head Start/Early Head Start Program.

The Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides high-quality early childhood education in age-appropriate, nurturing and secure center-based infant/toddler and pre-school learning environments.

Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start:  

  • Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

  • Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems
  • Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.

  • Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services they need.

The program goals are to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, promote healthy family functioning, and promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children and families while fostering self-sufficiency and life-long problem-solving skills.

The entire scope of Head Start/Early Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are federally funded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Click here to view Head Start Family Handbook Calendar