What is Head Start?
What is Head Start?

Head Start Program

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by supporting the mental, social and emotional development from birth to age five. In addition to education services, Head Start provides children and their families with health, nutrition, social and other services.

Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and community.

The Family Conservancy (TFC) administers Head Start and Early Head Start services in Missouri as a delegate agency, and Early Head Start services in Kansas as a grantee, through grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as state funding.

TFC helps to meet the needs of the Kansas City metro community by lifting up early education programs — supporting them to provide Head Start services. TFC creates partnerships with centers, family child care providers and also provides in-home visitation services to families.

While the majority of Head Start funding comes from the state and federal government, local grantees must provide matching funding of 20 percent.

Early Head Start Services in Kansas

The Family Conservancy (TFC) is an Early Head Start (EHS) grantee agency for families living in Kansas. Our grant began in 2015, and TFC provides community-based EHS services to 116 children, birth to age three, and their families by partnering with six center-based programs and four family child care programs in Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.

EHS programs are available to low-income families with infants and toddlers. Services are provided until the child turns three years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. EHS helps families care for their children and prepare them for kindergarten through early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive services.

As an EHS grantee, TFC ensures programs provide high quality care and education, supports programs to make facility improvements, offers professional development opportunities to teachers, assists with health and nutrition planning, and provides support and mental health consultations to EHS families.

Head Start and Early Head Start Services in Missouri

The Family Conservancy (TFC) is a delegate Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) agency serving families living in Jackson, Platte and Clay counties in Missouri. In 2015, TFC supported community-based EHS and HS services to more than 650 children and their families by partnering with seven child care centers, three family child care providers and serving 119 families with home-based services — a TFC education specialist visits children once a week in their own home and works with the parent as the child’s primary teacher.

As a delegate agency, TFC ensures programs provide high quality care and education, offers professional development opportunities to teachers, assists with health and nutrition planning, and provides support and mental health consultations to EHS families.

In Missouri, TFC has partnered with grantee, Mid America Regional Council, since 2005.

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