Head Start


Head Start and... Your Child... Your Family... Your Community
Blue Water Community Action Head Start is a federally-funded program for children in St. Clair County.

Preschool Program

Studies have shown that children in need often start school without the skills and confidence to keep up with their classmates. They fall behind and as the years pass their troubles are compounded, they do poorly or drop out of school entirely. Head Start's goal is to close the gap, ensuring that children begin school as confident, healthy, and prepared students, increasing their chances of academic success.

Early Head Start

The Early Head Start is a child development program that is offered to pregnant women, infants and toddlers under 3. It is a home-based program with weekly visits to your home and monthly socializations for parent(s) and child.

Head Start

Preschools provide children with a safe environment, nutritious meals, health care and the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Children attend early childhood centers four half days or four full days each week.

The Head Start program focuses on child development, family support, medical and nutritional care of enrolled children. Both programs are free of charge to children whose family's income falls within program guidelines and to children with disabilities.

bwca girl booksThough the young child is Head Start's primary focus, the goals of the program do not end there. The mission of the Head Start program is to break the cycle of poverty and help families become and stay self-supporting. Parents, children and the community all benefit when the family is stable and self-sufficient.

Head Start recognizes that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher, as well as a valuable resource to the community. The program encourages parents to become involved in their child's education by participating in home visits or volunteering in the Head Start center. Once a month, either socializations or parent meetings are offered to help parents.

Head Start is dedicated to strengthening families. Many times, lacking the basics such as food, shelter or clothing makes it hard to be a nurturing family unit. While in Head Start, families learn to manage their own resources, accessing available community programs.

Head Start and caring parents make a wonderful partnership; however that is not always enough.

An African proverb states, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." Head Start and the children it serves depend upon community involvement. The community shows support in various ways, such as business partnerships with Head Start, donations of goods and services and responding to fundraisers.

Head Start provides a focal point for communities to invest in America's future...our children.