About Us    


Montana Counties Served:

Granite, Mineral, Missoula,

Powell, & Sanders


Program Statistics

Child Start, Inc. has 83 staff members and a funded enrollment of 354 children.  There are many options including Part Day, Full Day, Home Start.

Community Partnerships

Child Start, Inc. has many community partnerships.

  • WIC and Missoula Health Department provide nutrition services to families.
  • Speech and other Special services are provided by Missoula County Public Schools.
  •  Even Start and University of Montana provide family and early literacy services.
  •  Mental health enrichment services are provided through Western Montana Mental Health Center. St. Patrick's Hospital provides health screenings and follow-up services.
  •  Foster grandparents and the Council for Aging offer educational services.

Shared Governance

Program oversight is done in conjunction with parents, Board, Policy Council, and program staff members.

Parent Involvement:

Head Start recognizes parents as the child’s primary caregiver. Our program supports this philosophy through partnering with parents. Child Start, Inc. encourages parents and other family members to be involved in the program.
To this end, numerous parent involvement activities are scheduled during the year.
These include:
three program-wide activities planned and executed by parents, Feed and Read social and literacy activities, parent meetings, field trips and various other parent/classroom activities during the year. In addition to parents volunteering in the classrooms, 565 parents participated in activities in the 09-10 school year.


Curriculum

Our program utilizes High Scope curriculum which is an environmental curriculum. We also use Second Step, Good Talking Words, and Milville for Home Start. We use MBI which is an anti bully curriculum to help promote positive guidance within the classroom and throughout our program.



Supporting Head Start Sites in Missoula, Granite, Mineral, Powell,
and Sanders Counties of Montana.



Preparation for Kindergarten Transition:


Beginning in January, the Transition Specialist prepares packets for each child who will transition to Kindergarten the following year.
This packet includes information that will be required to enroll your child in Kindergarten, e.g. immunization records.  Also included is general information about Kindergarten, such as pamphlet, question and answers, the name and address of the school the child will be enrolling in and the name of the principal of the school.

When the packets are sent home parents with concerns are encouraged to contact the Transition Specialist. Later in the spring, for those children for whom the parents have signed a required release, the Family Services Manager provides the principal of each school with the names.
Once registration dates have been announced, the Transition Specialist prepares a letter for each parent informing them of the date of enrollment for their child at their school.

At registration time, Family Advocates are available to assist families with any needs that may arise with regards to registering.


2012 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons
in Family
48 Contiguous
States and D.C.
Alaska Hawaii
1 $11,170 $13,970 $12,860
2  15,130  18,920  17,410
3  19,090  23,870  21,960
4  23,050  28,820  26,510
5  27,010  33,770  31,060
6  30,970  38,720  35,610
7  34,930  43,670  40,160
8  38,890  48,620  44,710
For each additional
person, add
   3,960    4,950    4,550

SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 17, January 26, 2012, pp. 4034-4035

 

Head Start Facts

The Head Start program is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian-Alaska Native, and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches directly to local public agencies, private non-profit and for-profit organizations, Indian Tribes and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.

The Head Start program is administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Grants are awarded by the ACF Regional Offices and the Office of Head Start's American Indian-Alaska Native, and Migrant and Seasonal Program Branches directly to local public agencies, private non-profit and for-profit organizations, Indian Tribes and school systems for the purpose of operating Head Start programs at the community level.

FY-2009 Program Statistics

ENROLLMENT

904,153

Ages

 

Number of 5 year olds and older

3%

Number of 4 year olds

51%

Number of 3 year olds

36%

Number under 3 years of age

10%

Racial/Ethnic Composition

 

American Indian/Alaska Native

4.0%

Black/African American

30.0%

White

39.9%

Asian

1.7%

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.6%

Bi-Racial/Multi-Racial

7.8%

Unspecified/Other

16.7%

Hispanic/Latino

35.9%

NUMBER OF GRANTEES

1,591

Number of Classrooms

49,200

AVERAGE COST PER CHILD

$7,600

PAID STAFF

212,000

VOLUNTEERS

1,274,00

 

The Head Start program has enrolled more than 27 million children since it began in 1965.


Fiscal Year 2010
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Office of Head Start
1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
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