The Head Start program in Sampson County is currently enrolling students for locations in the area.
LTeisha Curtis, State Head Start Director for Telamon North Carolina and Family Service Specialist Byron McIntyre are recruiting for the current program year and for the 2016-2017 school year. The purpose of the program is to prepare young children for their next educational setting.
“We just don’t focus on the childcare piece of things,” Curtis said. “We offer childcare, but we also help connect families to resources in the community.”
Some of the examples included housing assistance, food stamps, medical services or anything else families need to become more self-sufficient. A home-based option is available for parents not working who can meet with a home visitor and the center based program, for parents working or attending school.
McIntyre believes the program can help students throughout life by establishing a foundation for the children. Eighteen years ago, McIntyre was a Head Start child and benefited from its services.
“The help and the support that the team members and the staff members shows to the families and children goes far beyond anything that anyone can ask for,” McIntyre said.
“It’s not just a business or school at Head Start, we’re one big family,” he added. “With families, we can all get to places and succeed.”
Vacancies are available at the Charles E. Perry location in Roseboro and the Head Start in Harrells. As of Wednesday, 20 slots are available at the two locations. For the 2016-2017 school year, close to 450 seats will be available throughout Sampson County.
To be eligible, children must be between 6 weeks and 5 years old and the child’s family must be considered low income, based on federal income guidelines. Some of the services available include nutritional meals and snacks; medical, dental, developmental and mental health screening and transportation when available.
The Telamon Corporation provides human services and is a nonprofit agency which receives federal money to operate Head Start Services. It runs three types of Head Start programs for disadvantaged families: Head Start (preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old), Early Head Start (childcare for children 0 to 3 years old and pregnant women) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (childcare and preschool for children of eligible farmworkers ages 0 to 5 years old).
Telamon officials believe its program offers an environment that supports growth and development of children and parents as partners in the shared decision making process and recognition of the importance of strengthen ties in the community. Children with disabilities are also encouraged to participate in the programs offered.
“Ensuring that children are ready for school is our top priority and we see that through the services that we deliver, it’s really awarding” Curtis said. “It’s also rewarding when you see them meet goals that they set for themselves such as finding a new home or new job.”
Parents and guardians are required to provide proof of age documents such as birth certificates, Medicaid card or immunization records. Proof of income for the last 12 months or prior calendar year is also required. Some of the examples include a 2015 W-2, paycheck stubs and 2015 1040 tax forms.
Enrollment opportunities are available at the following locations:
• Telamon Charles E. Perry Head Start, 705 Boone St. Roseboro.
• Telamon Harrells Head Start, 45 Park Road, Harrells.
• Telamon Union Head Start, 10400 Taylors Bridge Highway, Clinton.
• Telamon Head Start/Early Head Start Home Based Program, 606 College St.
For more information about enrollment opportunities or to set up appointments, contact Head Start at 910-590-1027 (Clinton Head Start/Early Head Start) or 910-525-4000 (Head Start at The Learning Center at C.E. Perry).
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