First Posted: 1/27/2008
Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is currently accepting applications in Luzerne and Wyoming counties for the 2008-2009 school year. A federally- and state-funded comprehensive preschool program, Head Start gives 3 and 4 year old low-income children a chance to achieve their full potential and attain school readiness. Free services are offered, including education, health, social services, parent involvement, nutrition, bus transportation when possible, and opportunities for children with disabilities. In addition, full-day, full-year child care partnership services are provided in West Pittston and Wilkes-Barre. Families must meet specific criteria, including age and income eligibility to qualify. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to apply early as selection for the new school year will begin in June 2008. Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. also runs a PA Pre-K Counts state-funded preschool program, in partnership with several school districts in Luzerne County. This program provides similar comprehensive services to 3 and 4 year old children and their families; however income eligibility is set higher and no transportation is provided. Another program within the Luzerne County Head Start agency is Early Head Start, a full-year child development and family support program for pregnant women and families with children from birth to age three, available in the Wilkes-Barre, West Side, and Hazleton areas. To apply, or for additional information about Head Start, Pre-K Counts, or Early Head Start, please call (570) 829-6231 or toll-free 1-800-551-5829.