HCHSP promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. "School Readiness" is a comprehensive term describing those capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that best promote student success in kindergarten and in later grades. Each component below plays an essential role in the development of a child's school readiness. Children enrolled in the Hidalgo County Head Start Program receive developmental screenings and ongoing assessments across all developmental domains. These assessments are shared with parents. In addition, HCHSP and local kindergarten/district staff collaborate to determine the most effective ways to help the child with a successful transition to kindergarten. The School Readiness goals and objectives for children are aggregated and analyzed at three assigned formalized checkpoints during each Program year.
The Hidalgo County Head Start Program promotes School Readiness. The program recognizes that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher. HCHSP forms partnerships with parents and considers and respects the family's individual, cultural, ethnic language and family values. HCHSP uses a high-quality, research-based curriculum which promotes measurable progress toward children's development along with screenings and assessments that provide valuable feedback about each child's interests, strengths, and needs. Transitional services are supported from Early Head Start to Head Start and from Head Start to public schools.
CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES
The objective of the Child Nutrition Services Department is to promote child wellness by providing nutrition meal services and assisting families in meeting each child's nutritional needs and in establishing good eating habits that nurture healthy development and promote long life and well-being.
The overall purpose of the special services effort in Head Start is to ensure that children with disabilities receive comprehensive services and that they participate in the full range of activities within the child development program, in an inclusive environment where children truly have a "head start" in achieving their fullest potential.
FAMILY SOCIAL SERVICES
The program offers parents opportunities and support for growth, so that they can identify their own strengths, needs, and interests, and find their own solutions. The objective being to support parents as they identify and meet their own goals to nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture, and to advocate for the communities that are supportive of children and families of all cultures.
HEALTH SERVICES & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Health Services embraces a comprehensive approach to proper health for children and their families. Our objective is to ensure that, through collaboration with families, staff, and health professionals, all child health developmental concerns are identified and addressed, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.