Applications are being accepted for KI BOIS Head Start programs for both 3- and 4-year-olds and for the early head start program, according to Sherry Hullinger, assistant head start director for KI BOIS Community Action.
Hullinger said that while recruitment for head start continues year-round, there is a push in the spring to get applications in for those children who will start to head start in the fall.
“We’ve been recruiting for the last month in the centers in Sequoyah County,” Hullinger said. “We recruit pretty heavy in the summer so we have the numbers we need in August.”
The early head start program is for children birth to 36 months, while the head start program is for both 3- and 4-year-olds. Centers in Marble City, Vian, Sallisaw, Muldrow and Roland have classrooms for both 3- and 4-year-olds. The Gans center only has classrooms for 3-year-olds at this time. Sallisaw also has the early head start program, Hullinger added.
Hullinger said the head start program is not a day care facility; all teachers are certified and complete hours of training each year. Teachers complete lesson plans, and the curriculum is creative and educational, for both the head start and early head start programs.
“All the 4-year-old classrooms are collaborated with the public school systems so that there’s an easy transition,” Hullinger explained.
Transportation is provided at most centers. Hullinger said all classroom supplies are provided for free to the children. Space is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged.
Applications for income-eligible children are available online at www.kibois.org, or parents can visit any KI BOIS Head Start center to apply. Surveys for enrollment for 3 and 4 year old children are also accepted for those who are homeless, in foster care or have significant disabilities.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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