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              REGION 10 EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER ANNEX
                                    Preschool Services Component
                          400 East Spring Valley Road, Richardson, TX 75081
                                           (972) 348-1700
                                             www.region10.org



                                                               Head Start/Early Head Start Director
           LeAnn Kite ...................................................
                                                               Program Coordinator Early Head Start
           Myrna Calvert..............................................
                                                               Program Coordinator Early Head Start
           Susan Casone ..............................................
                                                               Program Coordinator
           Sandy Axelrod .............................................
                                                               Program Coordinator
           Colleen Hines ..............................................
                                                               Program Coordinator
           Cindy Hood ..................................................
                                                               Program Coordinator
           Ernestine Townsend ...................................
                                                               Program Coordinator
           Kelly Young .................................................




                                             MISSION STATEMENT

          The Preschool Services Component of Region 10 Education Service Center
          collaborates with schools and communities to promote and support high
          quality programs and services for young children and their families.




It is the policy of Region 10 Education Service Center not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, or handicap in its vocation programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, as amended. Region 10 Education Service Center will take steps to ensure that lack of English
language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational programs and services.
Purpose of Head Start/Early Head Start .........................................                    1

Locations .....................................................................................     1

Early Childhood Education .............................................................             2

Child Health Services ....................................................................          2

Health Concerns ...........................................................................         3

Child Nutrition ..............................................................................      3

Child Mental Health ......................................................................          3




                                                                                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS
Disabilities....................................................................................    4

Family and Social Services ............................................................             4

Transition ....................................................................................     4

Withdrawal of Children .................................................................            5

Attendance and Tardiness .............................................................              5

Extended Absences.......................................................................            5

Transportation..............................................................................        6

Bus Safety ...................................................................................      6

Pedestrian Safety .........................................................................         7

Parent Involvement ......................................................................           7

Volunteers/Visitors........................................................................         8

Responsibilities .............................................................................      9

Behavioral Guidelines and Discipline ..............................................                 10

Child Abuse ..................................................................................      10

Confidentiality ..............................................................................     10/11

Rights of Parents ..........................................................................        11

Parental Involvement Pledge .........................................................               12

Secondhand Smoke ......................................................................             13




                                   Region 10 ESC … Head Start … Celebrating Families
                   Head Start/Early Head Start
Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) receives funds from the federal
office of Head Start to provide comprehensive early childhood services for
pregnant women and children birth to age five in collaboration with partnering
school districts. Region 10 ESC Head Start was established in 1992. Since
then we have grown to include 53 preschool classrooms across five counties.
In 2000, Region 10 ESC established an Early Head Start program serving
pregnant women and children birth to age three.

Early Head Start (EHS) is a collaborative partnership between Region 10 ESC
and the school districts of McKinney, Rockwall and Sherman. EHS serves a
total of 168 children and families living within each school district’s boundaries.

The Head Start program in each participating district is a collaborative
relationship between Region 10 Education Service Center and the local school
district. Head Start services are wrapped around the district’s PreK program so
children receive both Head Start and PreK services. Both the district and
Region 10 are responsible for providing a high quality comprehensive early
childhood education program for income eligible children (ages 3 and 4) and
their families.

Region 10 ESC Head Start/EHS provides a range of individualized services in
the areas of education and early childhood development, health, nutrition,
mental health, parent involvement and family services as well as disability
services. In addition, the entire range of Head Start services is responsive and
appropriate to each child’s and family’s developmental, ethnic, cultural, and
linguistic heritage and experience.


        Region 10 Education Service Center
  Head Start (HS)/Early Head Start (EHS) Locations
                           Allen, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, McKinney EHS,
Collin County:
                           and Wylie
Ellis County:              Ennis, Midlothian, Palmer, and Waxahachie
                           Denison, Pottsboro, Sherman, Sherman EHS and
Grayson County:
                           Whitesboro
Kaufman County:            Crandall, Forney, Kemp, and Mabank

Rockwall County:           Rockwall, Rockwall EHS and Royse City




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                            Early Childhood Education
   The program maintains well-qualified teaching teams. Teachers have college degrees and
    state teaching certificates. Instructional Assistants are required to obtain a Child Development
    Associate credential (CDA).
   Texas Pre-Kindergarten guidelines, High/Scope curriculum framework, district Pre-kindergarten
    learning systems, and Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework help the
    teaching teams guide the children in learning the skills they will need to be prepared for
    kindergarten.
   The teaching team helps children learn how to listen, use language, recognize letters, become
    independent, and identify sounds and numbers.
   The internationally recognized High/Scope framework provides best practices and key
    developmental indicators for preschool education.
   Teachers observe children and maintain anecdotal records on each child. The teachers also
    keep samples of each child’s work in portfolios. Teachers record children’s progress
    throughout the year and provide reports to the parents.
   Teachers visit with parents two times per year in the child’s home. Parent/teacher conferences
    are also scheduled two times per year.
   Classroom materials and equipment are kept in good working condition.
   Volunteer training is provided to ensure all policies and procedures for Head Start and the local
    school district are followed.

                                 Child Health Services
   Health Services Specialists work with school nurses to review immunizations and medical and
    dental examinations and assist with treatment as needed.
   Health screenings such as anemia, height, weight, vision and hearing are conducted to identify
    medical problems. Parents receive information about the results of the screenings.
   Dental inspections are provided to identify dental problems or concerns and to determine how
    soon a dentist should be seen. Dental education is provided to children and parents all year
    with special emphasis on Dental Health in February of each year.
   Health education is provided for children and parents. Health Services Specialists provide the
    Health Beet Newsletter also.
   Health Services Specialists assist you in medical and dental care for your child and, if needed,
    will remind you when health exams are due.
   Health Services Specialists regularly check with parents to find out if exams or treatments
    have taken place or if assistance is needed in getting them done.




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                                        Health Concerns
Head Start follows the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and school district
policies regarding children’s illnesses. If your child becomes ill at school, he or she may be sent
home during the school day to protect against the spread of diseases. Please contact the school
nurse if you have any questions or concerns about your child attending school due to signs of
illness OR if your child must take medication during school hours.

Each child must be current on immunizations according to Texas Department of State Health
Services guidelines. If your child cannot be immunized for medical reasons, you must provide a
written statement from your child’s doctor. If your child cannot be immunized for religious
reasons or reasons of conscience, you must apply to the TDSHS in writing for a Certificate of
Exemption. This certificate must be renewed every two years.


                                            Child Nutrition
   Children receive breakfast and lunch while at school.
   The program restricts serving Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) as described by the
    Texas Department of Agriculture guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs.
   The dietitian works with schools and parents to provide nutritious foods for children that are
    limited in fat, sugar and salt.
   Parents have an opportunity to obtain information on nutrition through a parent meeting.
   A dietitian is available for consultation with parents, children and staff.




                                      Child Mental Health
   While your child is in Head Start, he/she will be learning how to understand and manage their
    feelings, how to make a friend and be a friend, and how to solve problems with other children.
   Daily classroom activities are designed to develop the above skills.
   A Mental Health consultant regularly visits each campus and is available to support children,
    families and teachers with consultation, resources, referrals and strategies to support social
    and emotional skills in the classroom and at home.
   We provide activities that foster positive family relationships.
   Parents may receive referrals to community agencies or mental health professionals when
    needed.




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                                                Disabilities
   Children with disabilities make up at least 10% or more of those enrolled in Head Start.
   Identification, referral, and evaluation for disabilities are provided when needed by school
    district.
   The program coordinates with school districts for disabilities services.
   Training on serving children with disabilities is provided to staff and parents.
   Modifications are provided for students with disabilities.
   Parents and staff participate in the district’s Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) and
    Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for children with disabilities.
   Program classrooms and playgrounds are evaluated for compliance with the Americans with
    Disabilities Act (ADA).

                             Family and Social Services
   Family Services Specialists work with community agencies to provide assistance to parents in
    accessing services for education, literacy, social services, parenting, health, counseling,
    healthy relationships, and other services.
   An individualized Family Partnership Agreement is established with each family based on their
    strengths and goals.
   Resource Directories are provided to each family.
   Family Services Specialists follow-up with families on a regular basis.
   Family Services Specialists provide ongoing communication about services to parents, staff,
    administrators and community agencies.

                                               Transition
   Support and assistance is provided to each family as they transition into and from the Head
    Start Program.
   Information is provided to families by Head Start and local school districts’ staff for children
    and families entering the Head Start program.
   Information is provided to families by Head Start and local school districts’ staff for children
    and families entering Kindergarten.
   A Transition Checklist is completed for each child transitioning into an educational setting.
   Parent meetings are scheduled to discuss the transition of children and families.




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                                 Withdrawal of Children
Children learn more when they are regular in attendance. Please make every effort to have your
children in school each day. Please schedule routine appointments after school hours or late
during the school day so your child can participate in class activities. Families that withdraw from
Head Start or Early Head Start will be required to reapply and compete again for available slots.
Parents will be asked to sign a statement prior to withdrawal indicating that they
understand this procedure.

                             Attendance and Tardiness
Now that your child is enrolled in the Head Start program, you must follow the local school
district policies regarding attendance and tardiness.

A child enrolled in school is required to attend school every day. If the child has more than five
unexcused absences in one semester, the school district may revoke the child’s enrollment for the
remainder of the year. Texas Education Code §25.085

       When a child is absent, parents should contact the school or Head Start office to inform the
        staff of the child’s absence and provide a follow-up note upon the child’s return. Please
        check with the school or Head Start office for further information.
       Three consecutive unexplained absences or a pattern of unexplained absences will result in
        a contact by the Family Services Specialist. Patterns of unexplained absences and/or
        inconsistent attendance could result in your child losing his/her placement in the Head
        Start program.
       Children consistently arriving or departing late from the campus may also result in a staff-
        parent conference to determine reasons for tardiness. If the problem persists, your child
        could lose his/her placement in the Head Start program

                                      Extended Absences
If district procedures allow, Head Start will follow school district procedures regarding holding
enrollment slots. The program will hold an enrollment slot for no more than 30 calendar days for
any child whose family has requested approval for an extended absence due to travel or family
emergencies.


                              You are your child’s first teacher.
       It is very important to begin a tradition of good attendance and promptness.
                                              .
        Your child should go to school on time every day – unless he or she is sick.




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                                           Transportation
Some districts provide transportation to and from school. If your district provides transportation,
Head Start and the school district have specific rules that must be followed in order for your child to
ride the school bus including:

      You must have an adult at the bus to meet your child when he/she exits the bus.
      It is very important that you are at the bus stop on time. If you are not there, the bus driver
       may have to contact the police or Child Protective Services.
      Bus drivers cannot let your child go with someone who is not listed on your Authorization
       Release Form.
      It is very important to have good contact information available at all times.
      Any time you change a phone number, an approved adult on your child’s list or change of
       address, you must immediately let the Head Start office and teacher know.
      If someone else is picking your child up, you must let the teacher know and he/she must
       show identification before your child can go with him/her.
      If your child needs to take any kind of medication during school hours, you must bring it to
       school. The bus driver is not allowed to let your child on the bus if your child has medication
       with him/her.

Thank you for helping us with these transportation rules. If you have any questions, you may
contact the school or the Head Start Office for more information.

                                                Bus Safety
Riding on the Bus
    Students must go to a seat and be seated immediately upon boarding.
    Students must wear appropriate child safety seat belts or harnesses when the bus is moving.
      These will be worn at all times the child is on the bus.
    The bus will not move until all children are seated.
    Students must remain seated while the bus is moving.
    Students should keep arms, hands, legs and heads inside the bus at all times.
    Fighting, scuffling and the use of profane or inappropriate language is not allowed.
    The emergency doors and exit window controls should be used only during drills or actual
      emergencies.

Unloading from the Bus
   All students will remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. DO NOT RUSH!
   All students will move away from the bus immediately upon leaving the bus.
   If a child must cross the street or road after getting off the bus, he/she should walk to the
     front of the crossing arm, then stop and look to the driver for a signal to cross in front of the
     bus.
   Student Misconduct Report and Discipline Strategies follow local school district policies and
     procededures.


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                                           Pedestrian Safety


                            Head Start age children should never cross a
                                    street without a grown-up.


Whether your child rides the school bus, walks to school, or arrives by car, your child should know
about Pedestrian Safety. Some things you should talk with your child about include:

      Remind your child(ren) to look for a crosswalk before crossing the street and to hold an adult’s
       hand.
      When crossing the street, stop at the curb or edge of the road. Look left, then right, and then
       left again for moving cars before crossing. Keep looking left and right until you are safely
       across the street.
      If your area has sidewalks, teach your child(ren) to stay on them at all times.
      Head Start age children should never go to the bus stop without an adult.
      Remind your child(ren) to wait for the bus or the car to come to a complete stop before
       approaching the vehicle.

                                      Parent Involvement
      Local Campus Parent Committees are comprised of parents/guardians of children currently in
       the program.
      Each campus conducts parent meetings or activities.
      Parents are given opportunities to volunteer.
      Parent libraries are on each campus with books for adults and children.
      Families work with the Family Services Specialist to develop individualized Family Partnership
       Agreements based on each family’s strengths and goals.
      Father/male involvement is encouraged through the D.R.E.A.M. Team (Dads Reading,
       Educating, and Mentoring).
      Workshops on various topics are available to parents.
      The Policy Council membership includes parents from all Region 10 ESC Head Start/Early Head
       Start campuses.
      Policy Council membership is made up of at least 51% current Head Start/Early Head Start
       parents who have the responsibility for participating in making decisions regarding the overall
       operation of the program.
      Opportunities are provided for parents/guardians to participate on Head Start advisory
       committees for Health Services and Education to enhance the services provided to children.



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                                       Volunteers/Visitors
Parent involvement is very important to the Head Start program. The teamwork of parents
and teachers working together ensures children receive the best education possible.
Parents are encouraged to participate in the local school district parent-teacher
organization (PTA/PTO) to promote continued involvement in their children’s education. If
parents are interested in volunteering/visiting during the school year, please review the
following guidelines:

   Volunteers must adhere to the local school district policy for volunteering in the
    classroom, at the campus, or on field trips.
   Volunteers are encouraged to follow school district dress code policies when in the
    classroom.
   For the safety of your child and to provide the best learning environment, you must
    follow school districts’ rules about signing in at the school office and receiving a visitor’s
    badge before entering a classroom.
   Please schedule with your child’s teacher if you plan to visit the classroom. Please work
    with the teacher to schedule the time of your visit.
   Some campuses may provide a lunch for volunteers who assist during a mealtime, and
    at least one additional hour of volunteering before or after the meal. Please check with
    the Head Start staff about the process on your campus.
   Individuals who want to volunteer in Head Start must pass a criminal history
    background check required by the local school district. In addition, a TB questionnaire
    must be completed. If the results of the questionnaire indicate that a TB test is
    needed, it will be provided at no cost to parents.
   Volunteers are welcomed in Head Start and will be trained by Region 10 Head Start
    staff on child abuse, confidentiality and blood borne pathogens.




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                                      Responsibilities

While your child attends the Head Start program, you and the Head Start staff share the job of
caring for and teaching your child.


Head Start is responsible for:
   Providing breakfast, lunch, and snacks
   Providing supplies needed for classroom activities
   Ensuring the children are in a safe and healthy environment
   Sharing program goals, policies, and procedures with parents
   Developing high standards for all children
   Reporting on the progress of each child
   Involving parents in their children’s education.


Parents are responsible for:
   Following local school district requirements
   Ensuring your child has nutritious evening meals, plenty of rest, and
    regular, well child health care visits
   Making sure your child is on time and attends the Head Start program every day
   Paying attention to the care and education your child receives outside of the home
   Keeping track of program goals and your child’s progress
   Communicating with staff and following procedures to solve problems as they develop
   Communicating changes of address, telephone numbers, and emergency contact people so
    staff can reach parents in case of an emergency
   Having high expectations for your child and always talking positively about education
   Being actively involved in making decisions about your child’s education.
   Assisting with regular dental care that includes tooth brushing before school and before
    bedtime on school days, as well as, after meals on weekends and holidays.




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                     Behavioral Guidelines and Discipline
The following rules apply to parents, staff, volunteers or anyone who comes in contact with the
children.

   Spanking, hitting, slapping, shaking, or yanking a child is never allowed.
   No one will be allowed to yell at, put down or call a child an inappropriate name.
   Food or drink is never withheld from a child as a form of punishment or reward.
   A positive classroom management approach will be used. Teachers focus on appropriate
    interactions.

                                    Child Abuse & Neglect
Texas law requires that school teachers, social workers, health professionals, child care providers,
law enforcement and other professionals report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Texas
Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or law enforcement. Please call 1-800-252-
5400 to make confidential reports. Failure to report suspected abuse or neglect is a crime.
Employers are prohibited from retaliating against caregivers who make reports in good faith.

   Child abuse and neglect are against the law in Texas, and so is failure to report it.*
   If you suspect a child has been abused or mistreated, you are required to report it to the
    Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or to a law enforcement agency.
   You are required to make a report within 48 hours of the time you suspected the child has
    been or may be abused or neglected.

                        Confidentiality of HS/EHS Records
All information in the child’s HS/EHS files is considered to be confidential.

School officials and Head Start staff may access children information. Written parent permission
and informed consent must be obtained for other agencies or organizations to access the child’s
information.

Parents must give written permission/releases for the following:

       Head Start staff to request services from other agencies.
       Use child’s photograph i.e classroom newsletter, newspaper articles,             classroom
        videotaping, internet, you tube video, social networking and school yearbook.
       Child have internet access.
       Consents for Head Start/Early Head Start required Screenings such as:
           o Vision and hearing
           o Heights and weights
           o Anemia test (finger stick)
           o Developmental/speech
           o Dental
           o Classroom behavior observation


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Parents can choose to allow the release of information for limited school-sponsored student
recognition activities, yearbook or student newspaper, printed programs for extracurricular
activities, and news releases to local media, district/campus website, district/campus video,
district/campus publications, etc.

                                        Rights of Parents
By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a
child who is a minor or a dependent for tax purposes. A parent whose rights have been legally
terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order
terminating these rights.

Parents have the right to:

   Review their children’s records and challenge inaccurate information
   Know about and attend meetings concerning their children
   Give permission for the release of records
   Discuss concerns with local school district or Head Start staff
   Expect a timely response for your concern
   Know that your child and family’s records are kept in locked, restricted file cabinets, and will
    be kept for 5 years from the end of the time that the child is in Head Start. After that, they
    will be destroyed. Notice about the destruction of records will be published in the local
    newspaper once a year.




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Research has indicated that children tend to do better in school if parents are actively involved
in their child’s education. The Parental Involvement Pledge gives parents some helpful ways
on how to get involved in your child’s education.



                                    PARENTAL
                                  INVOLVEMENT
                                     PLEDGE

      As a parent, I pledge to:

                show my child that I value education;
                encourage my child to be a reader;
                talk to my child about his/her homework;
                visit the school;
                meet the teachers;
                learn what the school is doing for my child; and
                learn how I can take part.

      I pledge to get involved and stay involved, for education is
      the key to success, and is the greatest gift I can give to my
      child.




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                                           Secondhand Smoke
  Head Start recognizes the harmful impact of secondhand smoke on babies and children. In an
  agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Head Start is committed to improving the
  quality of life for families by encouraging parents to create a smoke free environment for your
  children. The information that follows helps to bring about awareness of second hand smoke and
  how it impacts the health of children. Parents are encouraged to take action by providing a
  smoke free environment for your children and completing the Smoke Free Pledge.
  Secondhand Smoke:
     Secondhand smoke is dangerous to you and your child;
     Causes cancer in those who do not smoke;
     Leads to increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), an acute respiratory
      infection, ear problems, and more severe asthma;
     Exposure from parents or other caregivers causes respiratory illness in infants and children;
     Causes premature death and disease in adults and children who do not smoke.
  What you can do:
     Make sure your home and car are smoke-free;
     Take the smoke-free home pledge.


                                         Smoke-Free Pledge


                                Take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge
Number of young children (birth - 6 yrs. old) in the home: ______

Has smoking been allowed in the home or car (by family or visitors):                         Yes    No

I,________________________________________ on __________________ ________________
               Your name here                                                         Date         Zip Code
pledge to protect children from the health risks of secondhand smoke by keeping my home and car
smoke-free.

Call 1-866-Smoke-Free (1-866-766-5337) if you would like a Smoke-Free Home Kit mailed to you.
                                 Congratulations on making your
                                   Home and car smoke-free
                                           WWW.EPA.GOV/SMOKEFREE




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