Head Start enrollment opens

Head Start, a free preschool program for income-eligible children, ages 3 and 4, recently opened enrollment.

The children attend four half-day, educational sessions Monday through Thursday from September through May.

They are offered activities that enhance skills in literacy, pre-reading, math, science, fine and gross motor skills, thought processing and socialization.

The children receive snacks and lunches. Transportation to and from the program is provided when possible.

Head Start also coordinates medical and dental examinations, hearing and vision screenings and immunizations. Additional services are available to meet the individual needs of preschoolers with disabilities.

Parents can join the parent committee or the policy council or volunteer to serve as classroom aides. They learn activities they can do with their children at home, as well as about their preschoolers’ development, nutrition, health care and other needs.

In addition, Bradford-Tioga Head Start offers the pre-kindergarten service Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, which is offered five half days per week.

Contact PA Pre-K Counts classrooms in Troy at 570-297-4300 or Wyalusing at 570-746-6143.

Early Head Start is a no-cost, year-round program that is available to pregnant mothers and children under 3.

The Early Head Start program offers personalized, weekly from information about child development, nutrition, education, health, social services and parenting.

It also is a great support network for pregnant women and families with young children, as it offers monthly family play groups for socialization and meetings with other young families.

For more information on enrollment and eligibility, call The Head Start centers: Bradford County in Canton, 570-673-8298; Athens, 570-888-2370 and 570-888-8700; Rome, 570-247-0102; Troy, 570-297-4320; Wyalusing, 570-746-1807; and Tioga County in Blossburg, 570-638-1415; Elkland, 814-258-0150; Mansfield, 570-513-0895; and Wellsboro 570-724-2372; or the Head Start Central office at 570-638-1400.