Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Community Action Committee, Inc. administers the federally funded Head Start Program in Southern Maryland, serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children and their families. 593 three and four-year old children are enrolled in part-day and full day classrooms.
Head Start develops lifelong skills for children and families by providing
education, health and community referral services while
respecting and nurturing individual needs.
The goal of the education component is to ensure children receive a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of their developmental needs. The program includes individualized leaning plans and screening and referral for cognitive and social/emotional developmental disabilities.
Services are FREE to all enrolled families and their children.
Attention is paid to the health needs of each child so that health issues do not interfere with learning and development. Health services provide review of medical health status, screenings for hearing and vision and parent education on good dental practices and the importance of dental exams and treatment.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in all components of the program, including providing input into the curriculum, their child’s individual learning plan and the menus. Staff partner with parents to help set and achieve family goals, and to develop and implement parent activities, parent education, center activities/events and fundraisers.