Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Structure of the Full-Day Head Start Program


MVCDC operates four models of full-day programs:

(1) For 347 3- to 5-year-olds, it operates a Head Start full-day option, open 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 8½ months a year;

(2) For 51 3- to 5-year-olds, it opens Head Start classrooms for 10 hours a day all 12 months of the year;

(3) For 22 infants and toddlers, it offers full-day services, 10 hours a day for 8½ months a year; and

(4) For an additional 42 infants and toddlers, it provides full-day services for 10 hours a day throughout the year.

All services are offered in centers, and children remain in the same groups for the entire day. All of the 3- to 5-year-olds in a full-day option are funded by ACYF; all infants and toddlers are funded by another source.

In general, staff find that full-day services have a waiting list of about 20 children at any given time. If these children are of Head Start age, they may enter a part-day program while waiting for a full-day slot. Infants and toddlers must seek care elsewhere.