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Head Start

Our Mission

We at PCCEO Head Start and Early Head Start identify ourselves as partners in the delivery of high quality, comprehensive services to 696 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

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.

Curriculum

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 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.

A training program offers employment to 14 Head Start parents each year. Parents have additional opportunities to receive training and obtain credentials by enrolling in an Early Childhood Educational program and Food Handlers classes.

The Family Development staff works with families to determine strengths and needs and assists families in establishing family goals.

A Parent Resource Room located at Webster Head Start Center gives parents the opportunity to use a resume writing program to develop a resume and an assessment program to determine a parent’s skills. A lending library offers parents an opportunity to check out books and educational material for their families.

The Family Development staff leads the recruitment efforts for Head Start. The recruitment period for families who are interested in their children attending Head Start gets underway in March of every year and ends on June 30th. Though Head Start accepts applications throughout the year, those families who complete applications after June 30th risk the chance of having their children placed on a wait list.

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.

Transportation Services

PCCEO Head Start provides safe and free transportation services for children 3 to 5 years of age that participate in our part-day and full-day programs located at the Webster, Trewyn, Manual, Harrison and Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Centers, utilizing seven (7) buses ranging in sizes from 20 passenger to 59 passenger. Transportation services are provided to families living in defined bus boundaries for each Head Start Centers within the city of Peoria Illinois. 

All buses meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and are inspected and certified every six months by a state approved facility. Buses are equipped with additional safety equipment such as seatbelt cutters, backup alarms and child alert systems.

PCCEO Head Start drivers must maintain commercial driver license (CDL) and an Illinois school bus permit at all times. They are also required to take yearly physicals, which includes drug screening and a school bus driver refresher course.  All drivers and monitors are certified in first aid and CPR.

Recruitment

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 3 to 5 years old.  Ninety percent of enrollment must be from low-income families (see income guidelines below). Ten (10) 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 cetegorically 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. 

2017 Income Guidelines: 

Family Size

100% of Poverty

1

$12,060

2

16,240

3

20,420

4

24,600

5

28,780

6

32,960

7

37,140

8

41,320

For Additional Family Members Add

4,180

 

Document Guidelines

Verification of

Documents Needed

Age and Citizenship

Birth Certificate 

Citizenship papers

Disability

Current physical and immunization record (within 6 months of enrollment 

Clinical Records 

Physician's statements

Active IEP

Address

DHS (formerly IDPA) card 

IL State Driver's License or ID Photo Card 

Or mail verifying current address

Income

Pay stubs 

DHS TANF ID Number 

W2/Tax return for the prior year 

Employment verification 

Income Verification

Retainee/Sibling

Income Documents

Foster Children

Form 906

Sites and Locations

Webster Center

923 W. Millman 

Peoria, IL 61605

(309) 671-3960

Valeska Hinton Early Childhod Center

800 RB Garrett

Peoria, IL 

(309) 672-6810

Harrison Center

2702 W. Krause

Peoria, IL 61605

(309) 671-3926

Trewyn Center

2219 S. Idaho

Peoria, IL 61605

(309) 671-3958

Urban League

317 MacArthur

Peoria, IL 61605

(309) 673-7474

Manual Academy

811 S. Griswold

Peoria, IL 61605

309-672-6600

 

 

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711 W. McBean St. • Peoria, IL 61605 • Tel: (309) 671-3900 • Fax: (309) 671-3913