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Programs and Services: Empowering Children

Head Start provides services for children with special needs.

Children learn best when they are healthy, physically and mentally.

Health and Nutritional Services Provided:

  • Prenatal health care
  • Medical examinations
  • Dental examinations
  • Behavioral health services
  • Meals served –
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Snack

Instructional Services

  • Creative Curriculum, Second Step, Parents as Teachers and Baby Basics
  • Assessment Tool:  GOLD
  • Goal:  School Readiness

Preparing a child and his or her family for the child’s academic success begins before the moment of birth. The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program provides prenatal education and offers research-based curricula and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children six weeks through five years in age. School readiness goals and instructional services are reflective of the learning domains: Social/Emotional Development, Physical Development and Health, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge and Skills, Logic and Reasoning, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, and Social Studies.

Social/Emotional Development

Social and Emotional Skills Social and Emotional Skills

Physical Development/Health

Physical Development Physical Development  Physical Development

Language Development

Language Development Language Development

Literacy Knowledge and Skills

Literacy Knowledge and Skills Literacy Knowledge and Skills

Logic and Reasoning

Logic and Reasoning Logic and Reasoning


Math Math


Science Science

Creative Arts

Creative Arts

Social Studies

Social StudiesSocial Studies 

Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning Approaches to Learning

Targeted academic achievement scores in the essential learning domains are determined by widely held expectations as defined by the assessment tool GOLD.  Eighty percent achievement is considered as the skill is met or mastered. During the 2012-2013 program year, SIUE Head Start four year-old children demonstrated an 80% average increase in achievement of skills in the essential learning domains from the fall to the spring assessment periods. The chart below reflects three periods of assessment and the academic growth of SIUE Head Start children four years of age who will be eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2014:

SIUE Head Start 2014 Kindergarten-Eligible Student Outcomes


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