Head Start holding open recruitment

February 27th, 2015 10:19 pm - updated: 7:33 am.

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is hosting open recruitment at area centers. Applications will be taken in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties for the 2015-2016 school year. Luzerne County Head Start offers a range of comprehensive programs for children from birth to age five and pregnant women, funded by a variety of sources, including federal and state, school district, United Way, community groups, organizations and individuals. Head Start works with low-income children and families to help them achieve their full potential and attain school readiness.

Preschool services for 3- and 4-year-old children, which are free of charge, include education, health, family support, parent involvement, transportation on a limited basis and opportunities for children with disabilities. Families must meet specific criteria, including age and income eligibility, to qualify. Parents/guardians are encouraged to apply early, as selection for the 2015-2016 school year begins in the spring of 2015.

Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. also offers Pre-K Counts, a state-funded preschool program, in partnership with several school districts in Luzerne County. Services are similar to Head Start preschool services but income eligibility is set higher and no transportation is provided.

Luzerne County Head Start provides Early Head Start services in select areas of both Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Early Head Start is a full year, home-based program providing child development and family support to pregnant women and children from birth to three.

Any parent or caregiver planning to attend a recruitment session is requested to bring proof of child’s age, child’s current shot record, documentation of child’s diagnosed disability/special needs (if applicable), medical insurance coverage and verification of one year’s income (previous 12 months or last calendar year). Social Security numbers may be requested for verification of public assistance and child care subsidy.

To apply, or for more information on Head Start, Early Head Start, or PreK Counts, call 570-829-6231 or 1-800-551-5829. Information is also available at www.lchs.hsweb.org or on the Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. Facebook page.

Recruitment sessions will be held at the following centers:

Beekman Center (Wilkes-Barre area), 23 Beekman St., Wilkes-Barre: 9 a.m. to noon, 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 18 and April 15.

Back Mountain Center (Dallas and Lehman-Jackson areas), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, RR 4, Dallas: Call for an appointment.

Edwardsville Center, 111 Meyers St., Edwardsville: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3 and March 10.

Tunkhannock Center (Tunkhannock and Mehoopany areas), Roslund Elementary School, 99 Digger Drive, Tunkhannock: Call for an appointment.

New Street Center, New Street Housing Project, 560 New St., Plymouth: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Hazleton Center (Hazleton and Freeland areas), St. Stanislaus School, 663 Carson St., Hazleton: Call for an appointment.

Mehoopany Center, Mehoopany Elementary School, 400 Scottsville Road, Mehoopany: Call for an appointment

Plains Center, Plains Housing Authority, 100 Second St., Wilkes-Barre: 1-5 p.m.Wednesday, March 12.

Nanticoke Center, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 24.

Shickshinny Center, Northwest Primary School, 417 Shickshinny Lake Road, Huntington Mills: 1-6 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

For any more information, contact the Luzerne County Head Start Central Office at 570-829-6231 or 1-800-551-5829.