- 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.
- Our Head Start program is a preschool program for children 3 to 5 years old. Children come to Head Start Monday through Friday for 6 hour class sessions, 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.
- WHSCDA, Inc. accepts payments under the RI Child Care Assistance Program (RICCAP), the State of RI's child care subsidy program (some may call this Pathways).
- Children receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack daily. Mealtime is a great time for learning, exploring, and socializing. All meals are home-cooked on site, are nutritionally balanced, and meet USDA guidelines for young children.
How do I know which program is right for me?
- We cannot allow food from home because many children suffer from food allergies.
- Our menus take into account all documented food allergies and special diets.
- If a child cannot have a certain food being served, due to allergies or religious or personal beliefs, that child is given a substitute.
WHSCDA, Inc. participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a Federal program that provides financial assistance to help schools offer healthy meals and snacks to children. Meals meet Federal USDA nutritional requirements and are offered at no cost to families.
Positive Behavior Guidance
- We have identified specific behavioral expectation for all daily routines. These expectations are taught to children.
- Rules are stated positively and staff model appropriate behavior.
- Children are acknowledged for demonstrating acceptable behavior.
- We acknowledge and respect children’s feelings and do not allow them to take their frustrations out on others.
- We encourage children to use their words to solve problems.
- We involve children in establishing basic classroom rules.
- We plan a welcoming, organized, stimulating environment that encourages children to make choices and work independently.
- We plan a well-balanced schedule which offers children active and quiet activities.
- We establish consistent routines and set clear limits.
- We establish strong, nurturing relationships with each child.
- We match our expectations with children’s developing abilities and capabilities.
- We develop strong partnerships with families and work as a team to support children's development.