Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive child development program for children birth to five. This program is designed to meet the needs of low-income families and includes services in the areas of education, health, nutrition, mental health, social service, disabilities, prenatal education, parent involvement and training.
The program seeks to form cooperative partnerships with families and communities in order to help them achieve success for each child and family. Child development activities are designed to enhance each child’s growth and development through hands-on learning. These activities help develop critical thinking, problem solving, and social skills.
Head Start provides different program options including center and home-based programs. Majority of the classes are held at the various Davis School District elementary schools from Sunset to No. Salt Lake. A full-day Head Start class is provided to support parents that are full-time students at local universities and applied technology colleges.
The Family Enrichment Center located in Kaysville is the program’s main office and houses the administrative staff that oversees the Head Start and Early Head Start program as well as the Title One Preschool, and the Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC). PIRC is a community resource center that provides parenting and child development education materials and classes. The center can be access by anyone in the community. The resources can be checked out at no cost and most classes are free of charge as well.
How to Get Involved with Head Start
Intern at Head Start
Students in the Social Work, Child & Family Studies, and Early Childhood Education have opportunities to do their internships, workstudy, and practicum with our program. Other departments may have projects that fill the needs of other areas in the program.
Volunteers in the classrooms are always needed. Help the children with learning such as reading, math, science, large and small motor skill development, arts and crafts, etc.
Periodically, help is needed in our main office, Family Enrichment Center with basic office duties such as copying, filing, sorting, and other preparation for family and classroom projects. This would include volunteering with the Parent Information Resource Center.
Family and Fatherhood Activities
Volunteers are often needed to support monthly activities that take place in the evenings and weekends. Many of the activities take place in the community at various sites.
Can I donate materials to Head Start?
Yes. We are very appreciative of the support we receive from the community. Although we are federally funded, we are still in need of items, particularly learning materials, which will support the family and child in the learning process. Items such as books, writing and coloring material, scissors, arts and crafts supplies, puzzles, math games, dress-up clothing and props, etc. are always needed. We also do a Sub-for-Santa program for those families in our program that cannot provide Christmas for their children.
Whether you have one hour or one hundred hours to give, you can make a difference in the life of a Head Start child. If you are interested in volunteering with the Davis/Morgan/Summit Head Start – Early Head Start, contact Brett Lund at email@example.com or at 801-402-0664 to talk about the different volunteering opportunities.
Davis County Head Start Family Enrichment Center
320 South 500 East
Kaysville, UT 84037
The Center for Community Engaged Learning
2113 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2113