Applications now being accepted for Head Start

C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program is a federally-funded program that provides comprehensive classroom and home-based educational services to pregnant women and children ages 0-5 including those with significant or multiple special needs.
The C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program is located at 1902 Progress West Ave. in Vandalia. Preschool center-based classes are provided in either the morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday.
Each session lasts 3½ hours and includes healthy meals and snacks. Teachers plan daily lessons with developmentally appropriate activities that advance the children’s self-confidence, problem-solving skills and social development. Indoor and outdoor activities are provided, along with computer experiences and field trips.
Transportation assistance is provided in the form of bus services, stipends or coordinating transportation services. There are no entry fees for enrollment, and no fees are charged for services. Currently, children and families participate from Vandalia, Ramsey, Brownstown, Bluff City and Shobonier.
Home-based sessions are available for pregnant moms, infants and toddlers. They are held 1½ hours once a week, with up to two group activities held each month. Parent educators make visits to the family’s home for educational activities that involve both the parent and child.
Recruitment is now going on for the current year and for next fall. Taking applications for the program is ongoing throughout the calendar year.   
For more information, call the C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program office (toll-free) at 1-866-442-1900, ext. 139.

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