LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Luzerne County Head Start, Inc., recently announced “It’s Recruitment Time” at area centers. Applications will be taken in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties for the 2013-2014 school year. Luzerne County Head Start offers comprehensive programs for children from birth to age five and pregnant women, funded by a variety of sources.
Preschool services for three- and four-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 and guardians are encouraged to apply early, as selection for the 2013-2014 school year begins in the spring of 2013.
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; however, income eligibility is set higher, and no transportation is provided for PreK Counts.
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 toll-free 1-800-551-5829. The application process can also be started on the website at www.lchs.hsweb.org.