Kirksville Part Day





The Goals of Head Start

  • Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services for children and families

  • We engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs

  • To provide safe and developmentally enriched care giving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers which prepares them for future growth and development

  • To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children

  • To support families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains

  • To mobilize communities, to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families

  • To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to families through the development of trained, and caring staff










Apply for the Head Start Program

 Eligibility requirements include income, child's age, special needs of the child, families' employment status and special needs of the family

  • Income verification for the past 12 months

  • Child's birth certificate

  • Child's Missouri health/health insurance card

  • Social Security Cards for all members of household

  • Child's immunization record

Head Start continues to strive to promote intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth and development of children while supporting parents in their role as the primary nurturer and educator of their child.