Head Start / Early Head Start

TMC Head Start and Early Head Start is a program for preschool children from low-income families. TMC operates 15 centers in Starr County and 3 centers in Zapata County.

The Head Start program provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children and families. The children enrolled in Head Start participate in a variety of pre-school educational activities. The program provides children with numerous opportunities to experience success, and to foster the role of parents as primary educators, nurturers, and advocates for their children. Head Start provides children with pre-school learning opportunities and places emphasis on social services, health/mental health, nutrition, and parental involvement services.

Early Head Start is a program for children age zero to three that promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, healthy family functioning, and strengthens the development of infants and toddlers. The children enrolled in the Early Head Start program are provided a nurturing, safe and a developmentally appropriate learning environment for infants and toddlers. The program provides multiple experiences to infants and toddlers that will enhance their growth, language, and social development. The program further promotes the parents as primary caregivers and educators of their children and encourages them to be strong advocates for their children. The Early Head Start program enrolls pregnant women and connects them to pre-postnatal care community resources.

On September 1, 2008 TMC began offering Head Start and Early Head Start services to Starr and Zapata County continuing our commitment of providing opportunities for advancement to children and families in communities all across Texas.




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