What are your session times?

Head Start has both a full day and a part day program. Full day programs run from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday. Burlington and Richard C Green run from 6:30am-6:00pm. Part Day programs run from 8:00am-11:30am or 12:30pm-4:00pm. Please contact our YMCA Head Start Center nearest you to find the program that best fits your family's individual needs.


What are the income guidelines?

Federal Poverty Guidelines change annually. They are based on income and family size. A family with a member on SSI or receiving TANF also meets eligibility requirements.


Can I pay myself if I don't qualify under the income guidelines?

Some full pay families may be accepted if they have a child with a diagnosed disability or are not too much in excess of the guidelines. Please contact the YMCA Head Start location in your area for more information.


Is transportation provided for my child?

Transportation is provided for part day participants only. We contract with a local bus company to provide safe, reliable transportation for your child.


Is the program licensed?

All YMCA Head Start programs are licensed by the Missouri Department of Health. These laws and rules are available for review at each site.


Is the program accredited?

You have chosen a Head Start program for your child that is accredited or pursuing Missouri accreditation. Missouri Accreditation (MOA) is designed to promote quality care and education programs for children from birth through twelve years. Accredited Head Start programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professionals to verify compliance and have been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria. Currently, Thomas Roque, Richard C. Green, Sr. and Burlington Head Start programs are accredited by MOA.¨


How will my child learn and what activities will my child participant in each day?

Children can benefit most from a comprehensive program that provides them with learning skills and experiences. We provide each child a learning environment that will support social, intellectual, physical and emotional development. Early Head Start will provide an opportunity for infants and toddlers to develop to their full potential in the context of secure and responsive relationships. Head Start prepares children to be successful in any kindergarten program.


What is the curriculum?

The curriculum used at YMCA Head Start is based on sound early-child education principles and developmentally appropriate practices. Teachers observe children to determine the needs, interests and abilities of individual children and groups of children. Teaching teams develop lesson plans from these observations and their knowledge of early childhood education. To individualize the curriculum to meet each childs developmental stage and areas of interests, a number of screening and assessment tools are utilized. The teachers use anecdotal observations, information given by parents in interviews, home visits, conferences and helpful screening/assessment instruments throughout the year to gather information about the children to then plan activities for the large group, small groups and for individuals within each classroom. The instruments might include the Brigance or other developmental screening tools. Various speech and language screening tools, hearing and articulation as well as mental health and dental and other evaluations may be utilized.