- Head Start is a national, federally funded program which provides comprehensive early childhood education and family support services to eligible preschool children.
- Head Start helps to prepare children for success in school and in life. Children receive a positive introduction to education, learn how to interact with others, learn self-help skills and healthy habits. Head Start builds confidence in children and their parents.
- Children ages 3 to 5 attend classes for 6 hours per day Monday through Friday September to June. Head Start is free to eligible families. You must live in Woonsocket and must meet the Head Start eligibility guidelines to qualify for Head Start
- Head Start is not just for children. Head Start is for families as well. Families become involved in their children's education, help support their children's learning, discover their own strengths, and continue to develop to their fullest potential.
Research tells us that young children learn best by doing. True learning is not just an ability to repeat the words of someone else, but requires active thinking, engaging and experimenting to find out just how things work, and learning first-hand about the world around us. At WHSCDA, Inc., we create that environment for your child to stimulate his or her curiosity and learning. By environment, we mean materials and activities as well as the interactions with others. All of this happens in the context of play, because play provides the foundation for children's academic or school learning. It is through play that children will achieve their educational goals. Play is the work of young children. Our goal is to help children become independent, self confident, inquisitive learners. We encourage them to be active and creative explorers of their environment who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. We allow them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. We help them develop good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of self, which is so important for success in school and in life.
Our curriculum, The Creative Curriculum®, is aligned with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards. These Standards, issued by the Rhode Island Department of Education, are the goals and expectations of what pre-kindergarten children should know and be able to do.
- Language Development - listening and understanding, speaking and communicating. This includes use of increased vocabulary to communicate orally, use of appropriate patterns of language, use of age-appropriate language, and verbalization of needs and feelings
- Literacy-phonological awareness (the ability to distinguish units of speech such as a word's syllables), book knowledge and appreciation, print awareness and concepts, early writing, and alphabet knowledge
- Mathematics - numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns and measurements
- Science - scientific skills and methods, and scientific knowledge
- Creative Arts - music, art, movement, and dramatic play
- Social and Emotional Development - self-concept, self-control, cooperation, social relationships, and knowledge of families and communities
- Approaches to Learning - initiative and curiosity, engagement and persistence, and reasoning and problem solving
- Physical Health and Development - fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and health status and practices