Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child.
Head Start is a free voluntary program for eligible families with children ages 3-5.
SUMMIT teachers and family support staff provide services to children and families in the core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way.
Your child’s day begins with a bus ride to school (unless you choose to drive) where safety is our highest priority! Our bus monitors will make sure your little one is securely strapped in for the trip and safely gets off and into the classroom.
Each of our teachers develops a daily schedule and includes:
- Small group time where the teacher works a few children on an activity related to the learning topic, or on social/emotional development.
- Work time, where a larger group of children use all areas in the classroom to explore, play, socialize, and learn.
- Circle/Meeting time when children sing songs, read stories, and have discussions.
- Outside time for running and jumping and also for planned activities and games.
- Routines – depending on the age of the child, routine times such as bathrooming or hand washing are part of the daily schedule.
- Meal times are used to help children develop self help skills, encourage socialization and discuss healthy practices.
- Learning through play! Play has been proven to be the most effective way for children to learn. A child’s play is exciting, self motivating, freely chosen, and fun.
- Making friends! Social-emotional development and nurturing relationships with caring teachers.
- Age-appropriate experiences developed by teachers from ongoing observation and assessment of each child’s development.
- SUMMIT Early Learning, Inc. has been providing services to children for 50 years!
- Our programs are licensed by the Department of Human Services and considered high quality by Keystone STARS.
- Our policies and procedures prioritize the provision of services in safe, secure, welcoming, and inclusive environments.
Classroom hours depend on the location that your child attends.
Head Start is provided in Mifflin County, Snyder County, and Union County.