For fifty years we have been providing a constant flow of services to children and families in St. Lucie County through the Head Start Program. Funding is provided through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Head Start is a national program, which provides comprehensive developmental services for low income, pre-school children ages three to five, and social services for their families. Head Start provides diverse services to meet the goals of the following
Head Start Service Delivery areas:
Education and Child Development
- Teaching and learning environment
- Child screenings and assessments
Family and Community Engagement
- Family Partnerships
- Parent activities
- Community Partnerships
- ERSEA- Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance
Health Program Services
- Health Status and Care
- Oral Health
- Child Nutrition and Mental Health
- Safety Practices
- Additional Services for Children with disabilities
Program Management and Quality Improvement
- Systems and Procedures
- Program Governance
External alliances continue to strengthen the partnerships with the community to address the complex needs of our children and families. A strong internal partnership exists with the ALPI Board of Directors and the Head Start Policy Council to implement a shared governance approach. Hence, these partners assist us in meeting the required 20% in-kind (non-federal match). Partners include: the City of Fort Pierce, Lincoln Park Child Care Association, St. Lucie County Public Schools, Office of Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie and Polk Counties, City of Fort Pierce Housing Authority, United Way of St. Lucie County, Indian River State College, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources South (FDLRS), Kids at Hope, and lastly, our valuable parents.
The ALPI Head Start/Early Head Start Program under the Children and Family Services Division, provides services in six (6) directly operated centers and one (1) contracted site in St. Lucie County and one (1) directly operated center in Polk County and one (1) contracted site.