Preschool Head Start

Serves 3-5 year old children

Preschool Head Start

Bear River Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for children and their families. At Head Start we recognize the vital role parents play in giving their children opportunities to learn. Staff develop a partnership with parents in their child’s learning. Head Start emphasizes and teaches the importance of being healthy, eating nutritious foods, and staying safe; as well as providing information about literacy, employability, and meeting education goals.

Program Goal: Provide high quality child development services through home-based and center-based curriculum that assess each child’s development and progress by implementing child outcomes and promoting school readiness.

Program Model:Home-Based and Center-Based
Children Served:Home-Based total: 6 children
Center-Based total: 346 children
Service Area:8 Counties
3 in Utah (Cache County, Box Elder, and Rich)
5 in Idaho (Franklin, Bear Lake, Caribou, Oneida, and Bannock County)

Interesting Program Features:

  • 30+ years of operating services.
  • Early implementation of literacy program.
  • Male Involvement staff and activities.
  • Computer data system that collects and compiles data and reports.
  • Meeting family needs by collaborating with local faith based organizations.

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Center Based

Center-based is a classroom experience for 3 and 4 year old children (child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st of the current school year or be at least 3 years old). Each child is treated as a unique individual and allowed to grow and develop at his/her own rate. Children grow, learn, and develop through an enriched environment with caring staff who want them to succeed. Each classroom has between 16-18 children (depending on classroom size) with a teacher and teacher assistant. Classes are held Mon.-Thurs. (morning and afternoon) depending on area (approx. 8:00-12:00 or 12:00-4:00). We also have 9 classes that run Mon.-Thurs. 6.5 hrs each day.

Home Based

The home-based program option is founded on the belief that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. Learning occurs first in the home, the most natural environment. Parents are always teaching! With this philosophy in mind, families who enroll their 3-4 year old (child must be at least 3 or turn 3 by Sept. 1st of the current school year) into the home-based program will receive Head Start services through a parent-focused approach. Services to children are primarily in the home through weekly home visits by a Family Educator. Parents and children are given opportunities to participate in socialization activities.

Offered in the following counties:
Utah – Cache, Box Elder, Rich
Idaho – Franklin , Caribou, Bear Lake , Bannock, Oneida