Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Center-Based Head Start


Center-based services are currently offered at two locations, Bellevue Community College and Families First CCDP. Each facility offers programs for 18 Head Start children. Bellevue serves only 4-year-olds and is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Families First CCDP serves some 3-year-olds as well as 4- year-olds and is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Though both are open five days a week, only Families First is open for the full 12 months a year.

The arrangements for funding are similar in that both sites use both Head Start and state child care subsidies, but each has its own method of combining resources. At Bellevue, the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. are paid for by Head Start, and extended hours (7:00 to 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) are paid for with state and City of Bellevue child care funds and a small amount of parent fees. Classroom space is provided as an in-kind contribution by Bellevue Community College (located in a building that also houses a child development program run by BCC). The Head Start program pays the fees to enroll all Head Start parents in the college's Parent Education Program.

Families First Head Start combines part-day Head Start funds with CCDP funding and child care subsidies to provide a full-day program for children and extended family support services, including two nurses on-site, family advocates at a ratio of 1 advocate per 15 families, and 2 economic development coordinators who work with families.