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HEAD START of Greater Dallas, Inc. provides children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters self-reliant families and communities.
Head Start of Greater Dallas services more than 4,250 low-income, preschool age children, and their families at 40 center locations throughout Dallas County. In addition, there are five Early Head Start centers that provide services to nearly 250 infants, toddlers and pregnant women in Dallas.
The comprehensive Head Start program provides a rich learning environment designed to address the child's nutritional and health needs while stimulating rapid growth in physical coordination, self-esteem and pre-reading skills. Children have access to computers and become adept at utilizing them as learning tools.
Head Start also addresses the needs of the child's family, encourages parents to become involved in their child's education and helps them achieve self-reliance. Social services staff enroll parents in GED, literacy and English-as-a-second-language classes, refer them to a wide variety of social services providers, place them in job training programs or community colleges and provide substance abuse prevention education and referrals.
All services to children and families are provided at no cost to them. Families qualify by meeting the federal poverty guidelines . For example, a family of four must demonstrate that their annual income is less than $20,000.
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