PROGRAM OPTIONS

Full Day Center-Based Options

Our full-day EHS and HS centers are designed for families that work and/or are attending school. Contract hours are a minimum of 6 ½ hours daily and may be extended for up to 8 hours, five days a week, depending on the family’s need. After the contract hours are established, parents agree to be punctual in bringing and picking up the child from the center. It is the family’s responsibility to notify Plaza if their needs change. If the family requires an increase in hours, the parent must provide a new employment verification and/or training verification.

Part-Day and Extended Day Center-Based Options

In Head Start, families have the option to receive center-based services for 3 ½ hours (part day), Monday – Thursday in the morning or the afternoon or 6 hours (extended day), Monday - Friday, depending on the child’s needs. Children enjoy breakfast and lunch in the morning session or lunch and snack in the afternoon session, and participate in a variety of engaging educational activities. It is important that your child arrives to school on time, so he/she can take advantage of all program activities. A typical routine for children includes meals, small group activities, large group activities, and outdoor activities.

Family Child Care (FCC) Option

The FCC Option provides educational services in a licensed FCC home for 6 to 8 hours depending on the home. The homes are licensed according to county and state laws. Children are provided with breakfast and lunch that meets state and federal guidelines. In this option, children are in a smaller setting with 11 or 12 children with two adults. Care can be more personalized due to the lower ratios. Children participate in educational activities that improve school readiness outcomes.

Home-Based Program Option

The home-based program option helps parents create rich learning opportunities that build on everyday routines and support their child’s development. This program option occurs weekly for 90 minutes in the child’s home. In this option, home visitors work with both the parent and the child during the 90 minutes, so it is very important that parents dedicate the time to the lesson. The home visit is intended for the parent and child, so it is discouraged to have visitors (friends or family) that may be a distraction to the child/parent learning time. After the home visit, parents are asked to continue working with their child by implementing activities that are left by the Home Visitor. The typical structure of a home visit includes a greeting and family check-in time, a parent/child activity and planning for the following week. Families enrolled in the home-based option are also required to participate in socialization activities with other children and families, (usually done in a center, community facility and/or the park) twice per month. These socialization activities are an integral part of the home-based program as they help children meet and interact with other children. We cannot emphasize enough how important the participation of a child is at socialization for the development of social and emotional skills. Safety precautions during socialization are a priority for enrolled children; therefore, siblings not participating in the program are discouraged from attending.

Services for Pregnant Women and Expectant Families

Pregnant women enrolled in our program are provided services through a home-based program option. Home Visitors visit the pregnant women and their families every other week for 45-minutes. The focus of these home visits is on understanding pregnancy; fetal development, understanding pregnancy risks, nutrition information, health education, and ensuring pregnant women obtain proper prenatal care. In addition, we encourage pregnant women to participate in socialization activities twice per month, where they have an opportunity to engage in workshops on nutrition, health, and education. A nursing staff member visits the pregnant mother once before the baby is delivered and within two weeks after the baby is born. Once the baby is born, the family is transitioned into a home-based program option for the baby to receive services.

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