Purpose - The mission of STEP Head Start is to foster hope, growth, self-sufficiency and social competence in children and their families in partnership with parents and the community.
Vision - The vision of STEP Head Start is to be a catalyst for inspiring positive change and fostering hope in children, families and the community.
Program Overview - As part of the STEP Early Learning Pathway, the STEP Head Start Parent-Child Home Program Parent-Child Home Program is a home visiting program that prepares 2 and 3 year-old children for school success by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening the parent-child relationship.
A home visitor goes to the home twice each week for 30 minutes and takes a new book or educational toy for the child to keep. During visits, the home visitor shows the child’s parents ways to use the books and toys with their child to ensure school success.
Benchmarks Of Success
- 81 children demonstrated improvement on key school readiness indicators. At the end of the program year.
- 68 children improved their early literacy and positive social skills.
- 77 parents demonstrated improvement on key positive parenting indicators.
Two- and three-year-old children in Clinton, western Lycoming, and Union Counties, including those with disabilities, are eligible for enrollment. The Parent-Child Home Program takes applications year-round and fills vacancies from its waiting list as they occur.
There is no cost to participants or for the books and toys, which the child may keep.
Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center, “A Service of the Office of Head Start”: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
The Early Head Start National Resource Center: http://www.ehsnrc.org/
Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality: http://www.pakeys.org
PA PreK Counts: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=Programs_PreKCounts
PA Head Start programs: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=Programs_HeadStart
PA Head Start State Collaboration Office: http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=Programs_HS_HSSCO
The National Head Start Association: http://www.nhsa.org/
The Pennsylvania Head Start Association: http://www.paheadstart.org/
National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org/
Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families: http://www.zerotothree.org/
PA Partnerships for Children: http://www.papartnerships.org/
Pennsylvania Child Care Association: http://www.pacca.org/
Children’s Defense Fund: http://www.childrensdefense.org/
Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition Human Services Directory: http://www.lchic.org/component/mtree/?Itemid=64
Clinton County Human Resources Directory: http://clintoncountyunitedway.org/media/final-alphabetical_MASTER_LIST_original_size_pdf.pdf