Morgan County School District RE-3 Head Start


Picture of the Program
Contact: 
Director: Marcia Bledsoe
Street:
300 Sherman Street
City:
Fort Morgan
,
Postal Code:
80701
(970) 867-5767


Fort Morgan Head Start is a family-focused early childhood program that serves the diverse needs of 108 children ages 3-5 and their families. Children are served in both part-day and full-day center-based classrooms four days per week. Free transportation to and from school is provided.

 

Our program also uses the DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment) to plan for children.  The DECA assesses initiative, self-control, and attachment for individual children and provides opportunities for facilitating children’s growth through individualized activities and experiences.  The DECA is completed by staff and families at least twice per school year and can be used to increase the resiliency of individual children, as well as groups.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is used by our program to teach, reward and monitor behavior in students.  It is a proactive, research based, school-wide framework for developing and supporting positive learning behavior in all students.  Our “preschool code” lists three positively stated behavior expectations: “Be kind. Be safe. Be your best.”  Expectations are taught year round and are consistent throughout the center.

Families receive information throughout the year about child development, observation, curriculum, home activity extensions, and other early childhood topics.  Information is shared through newsletters, home activity pages, parent meetings, workshops, etc.

Our program uses the Creative Curriculum and its online reporting tool, Teaching Strategies GOLD. Curriculum is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and progress is monitored throughout the school year. This assessment system summarizes ongoing observations and documentation of a child’s development three times per school year.  This system looks at the following areas of development and learning: Social/Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science/Technology, Social Studies, the Arts, and English Language Acquisition. Parents receive updates on their child’s progress from the teacher during a home visit or a parent-teacher conference.

Comprehensive health services are provided for all enrolled children. Every child receives a dental, hearing, vision, social/emotional, and developmental screening. Health services staff ensure every child has a physical and is current with required immunizations. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided to children daily at no cost to families.

Families are the cornerstone of our program and participate in a family goal setting process that results in community referrals and follow-up from staff. All families are visited a minimum of three times per year by Family Partnerships staff.  Parents are offered the opportunity to enhance their skills through educational trainings held on site.  Financial resources are available for parents working towards the completion of a GED, accessing ESL classes, or taking a parenting class.  Fatherhood support and other support groups are available at the request of the parents.

 

Ages Served:3-5 years

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