Our Mission

We at PCCEO Head Start and Early Head Start identify ourselves as partners in the delivery of high quality, comprehensive services to 585 economically-challenged families and children in Peoria County.

Our Value Statement

PCCEO HS and EHS are dedicated to providing quality services to children and families.  We value honesty, respect, justice, equity, personal development and professional growth.  It is our desire to promote these values for our organization and our community through effective leadership and teamwork.

PCCEO Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Report

PCCEO Head Start Organizational Chart

PCCEO Head Start 2019 – 2020 Parent Calendar

PCCEO Head Start 2019 – 2020 Parent Calendar (Spanish)

Education & Early Childhood Development

Head Start offers Six (6) quality early childhood learning centers with 50 years of experience in early child development.  The standards for the Head Start curriculum are based on a developmentally appropriate model and include learning goals in language and literacy, physical development, cognitive development, and social and emotional development.  We are aware that each child develops at their own rate and our curriculum is based on individual interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds, and learning styles.

The daily schedule provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities within a classroom schedule that fosters continuity. There is an early childhood teacher and an early childhood assistant in each classroom.  The classroom is divided into learning centers and includes blocks, dramatic play, science and discovery, creative art, math, manipulative, computer, language and literacy.

Each child is screened within two weeks of enrollment and their progress is assessed three times a year in all areas of development using classroom anecdotal observations and portfolios. This information provides the teacher and the parent with information to meet each child’s educational and developmental needs.


PCCEO Head Start places emphasis on the importance of laying the foundation at an early age for children’s growth, development, and school readiness. The curriculum that is used to support teaching and learning is The Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum along with Learning Accomplishment Profile 3 (LAP-3) is used as a blueprint for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate activities in (5) learning domains: Language and Literacy, Cognition and General Knowledge, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Health and Development and Approaches to Learning. Teachers develop strategies and experiences in each domain that is specific for each child’s individual learning style, temperament and skill level. This goal is achievable only with the support of parents, our educational partners and community stakeholders.

Family Development Department

Using the Parent Family and Community Engagement Framework as a guiding principle, Head Start staff works to build relationships with parents that support:

  • Family Well-Being
  • Positive Parent-child Relationships
  • Families as Lifelong Educators
  • Families as Learners
  • Family Engagement in Transitions
  • Family Connections to Peers and Community
  • Families as Advocates and Leaders

Family Development staff work with a diverse group of community partners to provide comprehensive services and a wealth of opportunities for our families.

Parent surveys are used to determine what events and activities are planned each school year. These activities and programs offer social interactions and educational advancements for Head Start families. Some activities have become annual events because of the vast support of families. Winter Wonderland, Festival of Lights, Donuts with Dads, Pizza with Pops and the annual Parent Recognition Banquet are examples of annual events.

For more information about eligibility requirements, families should contact the Head Start Office located at 923 W. Millman or phone 309-671-3960.

Child Health & Developmental Services

The focus of Child Health & Developmental Services is to meet the physical, dental, nutritional, and emotional needs of Head Start children and families.  Each child is required to have a medical screening that includes health history, hematocrit, or hemoglobin, immunization review, lead, tuberculosis, and vision and hearing screenings.  Annual dental exams, cleanings, and fluorides are also provided.

Menus conform to the USDA/CACFP meal pattern for children ages 3-5 years. Each child receives a nutrition screening and if required, a nutrition assessment from the program’s dietitian.

Case management is an integral part of health services, throughout the program year. An on-site health center, seminars, and referrals are provided for children and families. Upon completion of the Head Start program, parents receive a health summary report of services provided to their child while enrolled in the program.

Disability Services

Head Start provides services to all children with disabilities. These services are provided in conjunction with Peoria School District 150 and can be provided on-site or in a District 150 classroom.  These services include resource, speech therapy, dual placements, occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Head Start screens all children for possible delays.  District 150 follows up on referrals made from Head Start to evaluate and determine if there is a need for special services.

Head Start staff participate in all staffing and meetings concerning the child’s needs. Staff from both programs work effectively together to provide a positive, successful learning environment.  Children with disabilities are included in all aspects of the program, with adaptations provided (if needed) to encourage their active participation.


PCCEO’s Head Start recruitment process is planned to specifically inform all families within the designated recruitment area with eligible infants, toddlers and preschool children of the availability of Head Start and Early Head Start services. It is our intent to join in partnership with the community and accept mutual responsibility for:

  • Children learning
  • Promoting school readiness
  • Enhancing the social and cognitive development of economically challenged children

Eligibility Requirements

Children must be age 0 to 5 years old.  Ninety-five percent of enrollment must be from low-income families (see income guidelines below). Five (5) percent of the enrollment may consist of families who exceed the low-income guidelines but who meet other program criteria.  Children of homeless families and foster children are categorically eligible for Head Start Services.

Family income must be verified before determining eligibility which may include current Income Tax Form 1040, W-2 forms, pay stubs with current date & name, written statements from employers, or documentation showing current status as recipients of public assistance (TANF) or a 906 form for a Foster Child.

In order for a family to be considered for a full-year/full-day slot, the following criteria shall apply:

  • Currently employed 30 hours per week with verification;
  • Enrollment in GED (General Education Diploma) program or other educational pursuits with verification;
  • Involvement in a training program for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

2021 Income Guidelines:

Family Size 100% of Poverty
1 $12,880
2 17,420
3 21,960
4 26,500
5 31,040
6 35,580
7 40,120
8 44,660
For Additional Family Members Add 4,540

Required documents: Applicants must submit:

    • A certified birth certificate
    • A current physical dated no earlier than 6 months from the date the application is received and date stamped. A record of immunizations, documentation of TB, Hemoglobin and lead tests and the results
    • Proof of Income using one of the following documents
        •  Individual Income Tax Form 1040
        • W-2 Forms
        • Pay Stubs for 12 months
        • Pay Envelopes
        • Written statements from employers
        • Documentation showing current status as recipient of  or eligibility for receiving public assistance
        • Families signed declaration of zero income for the relevant time period, if staff can document efforts made to verify family’s income and explains how the family’s income was calculated or obtains information from a third party, if the family gives consent.
        • Proof of residency
        • A current piece of mail such as a utility bill, or lease
        • State issued ID card

Categorically Eligible Documentation

Homeless – (as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act) Family Development Specialist

    • A with a written statement from a homeless services provider, school personnel, or other service agency attesting that the child is homeless or any other documentation that establishes homelessness
    • If a family cannot provide official documentation to prove the child is homeless, a family may submit a written statement or signed declaration to that effect.

Foster Care

    • A family can provide a court order or other legal or government-issued document or,
    • A written statement from a government child welfare official demonstrating the child is in foster care or proof of a foster care payment.

Sites and Locations

Webster Center
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:15am – 3:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
923 W. Millman (309) 671-3960

Banks, Davis, Gulley, & Peeples (BDGP) Early Childhood Center
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:15am – 3:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
4314 N. Sheridan

Manual Academy
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:15am – 3:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
811 S. Griswold (309) 672-6600

Woodruff Career & Technical Center
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:00am – 2:45pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
1008 NE Perry (309) 672-6665

Trewyn Pavilion ESL
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:15am – 3:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
2219 S. Idaho (309) 671-3958

Harrison School
Full Day Sessions, M-Th
8:15am – 3:00pm
8:00am – 12:00pm, Friday
2727 W. Krause (309) 672-6522