ON Head Start recruiting for 2014 school year

Denise KeeneOsage Nation Head Start

Osage Nation Head Start joins the rest of the Head Start programs in Oklahoma and the United States in making people aware of the special way that the federally funded Head Start programs provide for comprehensive services for preschool children and their families.

Head Start is accepting enrollment applications right now with the goal of having all children enrolled by July 1.

Osage Nation Head Start has been providing a child focused program with the overall goal of increasing school readiness of young children since 1979 in the Osage Nation. The program has been providing services in the area of pre-school education with a curriculum compatible with the State of Oklahoma Pre-K outcomes based teaching, medical and dental screenings, services for children with disabilities, behavioral health screenings, two meals a day of a nutritious breakfast or snack and lunch, social services referral information for families, a strong emphasis on pre-reading/reading skills in literacy for the children with free books to start a home library for every child.

The program also encourages parent involvement that includes opportunities for leadership roles in the governance of the program, fatherhood activities to promote recreation and new skills for children and their parents, community partnerships with local public schools and community organizations that care about children’s education, safety practices taught for transportation, and Osage language and culture.

Head Start teachers have degrees in Early Childhood/Child Development with many hours of preschool teaching in a classroom. Teacher assistants are certified with a nationally recognized child development associate degree.

Head Start enters into a partnership with each parent to shape the future of their Head Start child. Helping children succeed in life and in school is the goal.

Contact the local center for an application or check the Head Start web site at www.osagetribe.com.