Head Start /
Early Head Start

About The Program

The Economic Opportunities Advancement Corporation (EOAC) is the grantee for Head Start 0-5 program.  The EOAC Head Start program serves over 1,000 children and families in McLennan and Falls counties at eleven locations in 47 classrooms.  Services are also offered through the Home-Based option where Head Start 0-5 services are provided in the home instead of the classroom.  This option is available in McLennan County.  Eligibility for the program is determined by the child’s age and family income.

AGE: 

Early Head Start – 6 weeks – 3 years 

Head Start – 3 & 4-year old’s on or before September 1st to qualify for the program.  Pregnant Women – Teens and first time pregnant women priority enrollment.

HOME-BASED PROGRAM 

McLennan County 

A home visit program is available for pregnant women or families with infants and/or toddlers or pre-k age children who would benefit from in-home services.  Socialization group activities are offered 2 times a month. 

CENTER-BASED PROGRAM 

McLennan and Falls Counties 

Enrollment opportunities are provided through our center-based program, that provides early childhood education services Monday-Friday, from 7:00 am-4:00 pm for full day and from 8:00 am-2:30 pm for part day. 

HEALTH AND DISABILITY SERVICES 

Head Start emphasizes the importance of the early identification of health problems for young children and their families.  Every child is involved in a comprehensive health program, which includes immunizations, medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional services.  Families are assisted with medical and dental referrals, and speech, hearing and developmental screenings are done on site.  Ten percent (10%) of total enrollment slots are available to children with disabilities. \

Nutrition 

Children are served two nourishing meals that consist of breakfast and lunch.  A nutritious snack is also served.  The services of a dietitian or other nutrition service providers are available to parents for consultation, workshops and training.  Formula is provided for infants participating in the Early Head Start program. 

 Education 

Our program recognizes each parent as the main influence in a child’s development, and strives to strengthen parent/child relationships and enhance each child and parent’s potential for success.  The educational program is a series of experiences designed to meet the individual needs of each child at assist parents in understanding ways of helping children develop and learn, and to prepare them for kindergarten.  

Family Engagement 

An essential part of Head Start 0-5 program is the involvement of families in parent education, program planning and operating activities.  Parent involvement and male involvement is encouraged in all aspects of the programs, from assisting in the classroom (with background clearance) to making decisions about program policies and activities.  Many parents serve as members of the Head Start Policy Council and on various committees such as:  Health Advisory, Education and Nutrition.  Participation in classes and workshops on child development and staff visits to the home allow parents to learn about their children and about educational activities that can take place at home.   

Family and Community Partnership goals is to link families to community resources that they may need.  We partner with community organizations to improve existing services and resources and to create new ones for Head Start families.   

Medical and Dental 

Age appropriate dental examination is required for all children enrolled in Head Start 0-5 programs.  All children are required to have a complete physical examination or well child exam.  Immunizations are tracked and monitored to ensure that all children are up-to-date or current.  Head Start health staff and Family Engagement staff assist families to locate resources and obtain needed services for children and families.     

 Mental Health  

Mental Health Consultants are available to provide psychological services to children and their families to meet their emotional and developmental needs.  Training is provided for parent and staff to increase awareness of social and emotional problems that could exist.    

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.