Early Learning: Head Start/Early Head Start Learning Programs
Community Teamwork offers five center-based Head Start/Early Head Start Early Learning programs that include the Community Teamwork James Houlares Early Learning Center, the Children’s Village at the Mill, Toddler Corner, Parker Avenue Elementary (Dracut) and the Lowell Collaborative Preschool Academy (in conjunction with Lowell Public Schools).
Community Teamwork also offers the home-based Home Visiting Program for Early Head Start and Head Start where the focus of service delivery is in the home. The Early Learning center-based programs are part of the National Head Start program that promotes school readiness by providing quality education services to children in a nurturing, safe environment and comprehensive community-based services to children and families. Eligible children and families receive services in the areas of education and care (including individualized curriculum in all learning areas), health, child literacy, nutrition, and social-emotional development. The center programs also offer other services, if needed, based on the Family Needs Assessment. These programs are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The program’s overall mission is to support and ensure families stay or become self-sufficient.
The program’s goals include:
- Developing meaningful and lasting partnerships with parents that build upon their strengths to meet their child’s needs
- Assisting families in accessing additional services in their local community
- Nurturing children’s physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional development to ensure they are ready for school
- Ensuring families can support their child’s learning and are engaged in the long-term, life-long success of their child
- Promoting a positive and respectful environment for children, families and staff
Of families enrolled received parenting education
Of children received preventative dental care
Hours of formal professional development offered to staff
The Early Learning Program offers private child care in Early Learning Classrooms between $250 and $396/week based on age of child.
The Early Learning Preschool Head Start Program offers comprehensive center-based services to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age, until they are eligible for Kindergarten.
Both Early Head Start and Head Start Programs also engage parents or other key family members in positive relationships, with a focus on family wellbeing. Parents participate in leadership roles, including program operations input. Each program supports children’s growth in a positive learning environment through a variety of services, which include: early learning and development, health, and family well-being.
Early learning and development are fostered through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction. Children grow in many aspects of development. These include social skills, emotional well-being, language and literacy skills, mathematics, and science concepts.
Health and development in Early Head Start and Head Start Programs provide safe and healthy learning experiences indoors and outdoors. All children receive health screenings and nutritious meals, and programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure children are receiving the care and attention they need.
The program supports parents and families and offers program services to support family well-being and to achieve family goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security.
The home-based Early Learning Home Visiting Program offers comprehensive services to pregnant women and children age birth through age 3 and their families through weekly home visits and socialization experiences. The focus is to provide high quality, flexible and culturally competent child development experiences as well as parent support services.
The Home Visiting Program is for families in which the home is the child’s primary learning environment. The core of the program is a 90-minute weekly home visit where professional staff work with the family to identify goals for both the child and the family. Individual plans and goals for socialization, nutrition, health, child development and other family-specific needs are created in partnership with staff, parents or guardians. The program also offers socialization activities that include a twice a month parent/child interactive playgroup. Expectant moms are supported by a curriculum and service approach that promotes positive prenatal outcomes for both mom and baby.
Child and Family Services
More About This Program:
The programs accept children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age, until they are eligible for Kindergarten.
- Families whose incomes are at or below state poverty guidelines*
- Families who are receiving public assistance (TANF, SSI)
- Families who do not have a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence or who share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- Children in foster care or involved with Department of Children & Families
- Children with disabilities
*A limited number of families may earn more than the state poverty guidelines.
Eligibility.Guidelines info for Home Visiting Program
- Early Head Start Home Visiting Program: Low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth through 3 years old
- Priority enrollment is also available to children age birth to 3 years old who receive disability services.
Sites are in Lowell and Dracut but we service individuals from the following towns: Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Billerica, Tyngsboro, Westford, Wilmington, Bedford, Pepperell, Dunstable