INDIANA COUNTY HEAD START 528 GOMPERS AVENUE INDIANA, PA 15701 724-349-6200
Indiana County Head Start uses "The Creative Curriculum for Preschool" curriculum. The curriculum is based on five fundamental principles that guide our classroom practices.
One of our main goals is to help children gain independence and self-control. We want children to take the initiative and assert themselves in a socially acceptable way. Children need to be exposed to experiences interacting with people outside their families. In addition to learning how to express their thoughts and needs, the development of skills connected to physical growth is also very important. We provide numerous opportunities for growth in the areas of strength, agility, balance and coordination.
Indiana County Head Start individualizes experiences for each child, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in ways that best suits their needs and interest. Supporting good habits and attitudes leads to increased self-esteem and long lasting success in all areas of life
ICHS ensures every child enrolled receives free screenings in the areas of speech, vision, hearing and developmental. Theses screening are done in the classrooms.
ICHS provides free access to a Behavioral Health Consultant on a monthly basis to discuss any concerns that parents my have about their child's behavior, or would like more information about what to expect of a child at certain ages.
ICHS works closely with ARIN IU 28/Early Intervention to ensure the needs of children with disabilities are met. This is done thought an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) which address the child's strenght and needs and special services to meet these needs.
Representatives from ARIN become involved with the process beginning with the referral for an evaluation.
Depending on the disability, the services could include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and special transportation.
ICHS works with the public schools located throughout Indiana County to ensure that when your child transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten that it is smoother for you and your child.
Because of the rural nature of our county, many families have limited access to regular transportation. Even though Head Start programs are not required to provide transportation, Indiana County Head Start does provide transportation for a majority of our families.
ICHS has gone one step further. Every child riding on our buses is securely buckled into a 5 point harness to ensure the safety of the precious cargo. This is done by a trained Assistant Teacher who rides along with each bus driver to assist in making your child's bus experience a pleasurable one.
Health and Nutrition
The health and nutrition of your child is of primary importance to our program. ICHS strives to provide the best possible environment that supports good health. Staff and children follow hand washing guidelines along with proper hygiene and tooth brushing.
Every child enrolled receives free meals that meet the USDA and CACFP guidelines. All meals are served family style. Children are encouraged to try new foods, pour their own milk and serve their own food. During lunch staff talk with the children about the different colors of food, how they grow, along with using their 5 senses. Our dedicated staff use every opportunity to turn your child's experience into a learning opportunity.
ICHS Health and Nutrition staff work closely with parents and medical providers throughout the year to assure every child enrolled gets regular screenings.
These screenings are preformed at the Head Start centers:
To be preformed by the child's Physician and Dentist:
Head Start believes that Parents are the primary educators of their children. Families can get involved by attending Head Start activities and functions.
This could include riding the bus, volunteering in the classroom, assisting in the kitchen, attending Parent/Teacher conferences, serving in the parent group on a special committee or on Policy Council.
Each classroom is assigned a Family Service Worker who acts as a link between parents and community resources.
All meals served to children under the Child and Adult Care Food Program are served at no separate charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There is no discrimination in admission policy, meal service, or the use of facilities. Any complaints of discrimination should be submitted in writing within 180 days of the incident to the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, D.C. 20250
All School Nutrition Program (SNP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors are required to utilize the following Nondiscrimination Statement on documents provided to the public.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.