Welcome to the Head Start/Early Intervention Department

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Head Start

The Head Start/Early Intervention Department administers the District’s Head Start (HS) Program, a federally funded program that offers free comprehensive services to economically disadvantage children and families. The direct connection between the HS Program and the District streamlines the coordination of services and referrals required to meet the needs of HS families enrolled in the program. Services such as speech/language evaluations, psychological referrals, and counseling are coordinated among programs to ensure families receive referrals and services in a timely manner.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program that offers free comprehensive services to economically disadvantage families with infants, toddlers, and pregnant woman. The program offers both a center-based and home-based model. It is designed to improve the overall developmental progress of the child, with emphasis on the prevention of a variety of developmental concerns, increase families’ knowledge of parenting practices, and strengthen the family unit. The program’s objectives are accomplished through services that include appropriate infant-toddler activities, comprehensive health care, nutrition, education, and social services for young children and their families. Each EHS caregiver holds the National Child Development Associate with an Infant/Toddler endorsement or an Associates Degree or higher in Early Childhood. EHS offers services from August – July, following the school board calendar.


Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK)

The Head Start/Early Intervention Department administers the District’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program, a State funded program that offers free instruction to Florida four-year-olds. The direct connection between the VPK Program and the District ensures that the services available through the District are provided to the students enrolled in the program.

District VPK Program models include:

  • Head Start/VPK Extended Day – Provides 3 free hours of VPK from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • VPK/Enrichment (fee supported) – Provides 3 hours of VPK plus an optional, additional 3 hours of instructional enrichment funded through parent fees.
  • VPK/Enrichment (blended funding) – Provides full day (6 hour) instruction using a combination of VPK and other state/federal funding (e.g., Head Start, Title I, Migrant, ESE, etc.).
  • VPK/Early Learning Labs (Offered at select high schools in conjunction with the CTACE program) – Provides 3 hours of VPK plus an optional, additional 3 hours of instructional enrichment funded through parent fees. High school students enrolled in the Early Childhood program spend time working with the VPK students throughout the day.

The VPK classes follow the 180-day school calendar. The program’s hours of operation vary based on program model and each school’s hours. After school care information is available at all elementary school locations.

Contact Us

Dr. Nicole Mancini
Director
Head Start/Early Head Start/Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK)

600 SE 3rd Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301
 
 (754) 321-1961


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