Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Daily Schedule and Program Features


MVCDC full-day programs are open for children from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The typical morning schedule is similar to that in Head Start's part-day programs, with structured activities, active physical play, and lunch. The afternoon has a reprise of circle time and a plan-do-review period (where children plan a learning activity, do the activity, and meet together to describe their activities and share their discoveries). The Head Start Performance Standards are followed throughout the day in all areas; no differentiation is made between morning "Head Start" hours and "other" hours.

All of the 3- to 5-year-old children in full-day programs are "Head Start children" and receive the full complement of Head Start program services. Because of a strong belief on the part of grantee staff in the necessity of delivering high quality services to all families, all classrooms meet high standards in terms of the program for children. None of the infants and toddlers are "Head Start children"; however, their classrooms meet the same level of quality as those of the preschoolers. Since most of the 0 to 3-year-olds are siblings of Head Start children, the families receives all social services and parent involvement services as well. In the housing project in which the Family Service Center operates, the families of all of the children receive enhanced services.

Health services for infants and toddlers are not provided to the same extent as would be true for older siblings. That is, infants and toddlers must have medical examinations in order to join the classroom, and they must be up to date in immunizations to remain. But the grantee cannot afford to pay for medical or dental services for these children, if screening shows that services are required. Staff will work to find free or low cost services for these families, if possible.