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


The full-day program at WKUCCC serves 34 Head Start children and 52 non-Head Start children, 8 of whom are preschoolers. Ten of the 34 Head Start children receive full-year services as well; the other 24 receive full-day services for only 9 months of the year. Except for one week in August and two weeks in December, the center is open for business all year.

The full-day Head Start program is a wraparound program that is funded by a number of different sources, as described below. The program operates from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (10.5 hours) five days a week; parents, however, are free to pick their children up or drop them off at any time during those hours. Head Start Program Performance Standards are followed throughout the day,11 although only five hours of this time are paid for by Head Start.

The Head Start program does maintain a waiting list for full-day wraparound services, although it does not have a wait list for half-day Head Start. The education coordinator knows that some of the children who are on the waiting list are latch- key children who are being left alone at home while their parents work or attend classes. She also feels that some Head Start children whose parents do not work still need full-day service, since their families are dysfunctional.

All children are served for the full-day in one center in which there are three classrooms for preschoolers (where Head Start and non-Head Start children are served together) and one classroom, each, for infants, toddlers, and school-age children.12 Because the staff considers the Head Start Program Performance Standards such a good model, the standards govern the infant and toddler and school-age classrooms as well, even though they are not funded by Head Start.