Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . New River Community Action, Inc.




The New River Community Action (NRCA) Head Start program serves approximately 40 children in a full-day "connected care" arrangements. Head Start funds are supplemented by Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds set aside for Virginia Head Start programs by the state. Children attend Head Start in the morning, and the program contracts with nine licensed community child care centers and four licensed family home care providers to provide afternoon child care for children whose parents are working or in education or training programs. The contracted providers do not follow Head Start Performance Standards.

  • Auspices: Community action agency
  • Area served: Rural and small urban
  • Head Start funded enrollment: 304
  • Head Start full-day enrollment: 40
  • Full-day care providers: Grantee agency (½ day); contracted centers and family child care homes (½ day)
  • Non-Head Start funding source: CCDBG