York County Community Action’s Children’s Services includes Head Start and Early Head Start. These programs all provide a range of health and educational services to thousands of York County residents every year. The goals of Children’s Services programs are:
- To enhance children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
- To enable parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children
- To help parents meet their own goals, including economic independence
Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development, as well as providing social, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families.
The York County Head Start program maintains 13 classrooms and 2 home-based programs, and has an enrolment of 255 children. The classrooms are located in Sanford, Waterboro, Lyman, Biddeford, Kittery, Lebanon, North Berwick, Porter, and Old Orchard Beach.
Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:
- To promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women,
- To enhance the development of very young children, and
- To promote healthy family functioning.
The Early Head Start program is located in Biddeford and has 40 families with a child or children ages 0 – 3 currently enrolled.