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DHS News Newsletter July 2009

Children, ages three through five years, can get a head start

July 2009

The Head Start programs of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are currently enrolling children, ages three to five years, for the upcoming school year.

Head Start, one of three opportunities included in the regions’ Early Childhood Education Programs, is federally-funded and provides pre-school children with comprehensive and flexible programming. It is designed to promote kindergarten readiness by increasing language development, pre-reading, pre-math, writing, science and social skills. Children with special needs (speech delays, disabilities or individualized education plans) are welcome.

Head Start is a quality education service that is free of cost to families that meet the required federal income guidelines. The current recession is expected to result in more families being eligible since job loss or reduced work hours may reduce incomes substantially. Families benefitting from SSI, TANF cash assistance, TANF subsidized child care, and TANF-related employment/education training programs are eligible. Foster children and families that are living in the home of friends or family automatically qualify as well.

Parents can enroll their child(ren) by calling 1-866-214-KIDS (5437). For more information about the early childhood education programs offered by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the City of Pittsburgh visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/headstart.aspx.

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