TRI-COUNTY SERVICE OFFERINGS & CURRICULUM
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to families of various different backgrounds.
Any of the following factors may qualify a family for services: Low income, Homelessness, Family Crisis, Family Disability, as well as Involvement in the foster care system.
If you and your family are experiencing any of these barriers, please reach out, however, if you feel you are not but would like to receive services, contact us, as other factors may make your family eligible.
A - Home Base Program
Home Base: Tri County Child and Family offers Early Head Start and Head Start services through our Home Base Program. Once a week, for 90 minutes, a teacher will meet with the parent and child to focus on developmentally appropriate activities, socialization and assisting the families with community resources. All teachers are highly qualified and trained to provide the best services possible to our families. All services are free to families who qualify for programming.
B - Early Head Start / Head Start Program
Early Head Start / Head Start Child Care: Tri County Child and Family offers Early Head Start and Head Start programming to families who are working or going to school. The opportunity for quality educationally based child care while the parents are working or attending school is offered in multiple locations throughout the area. Locations are safe and secure and offer state of the art classroom materials with teachers and assistant teachers who have been trained and are highly qualified to provide the best care to your families. All services are free to families who qualify for programming.
C - Head Start / Preschool Program
Head Start / Preschool: Tri County Child and Family offers Head Start services to children who are age eligible for 3 and 4 year old preschool programming. Preschool programming is offered in a variety of locations, days and times throughout the service area in locations that are safe and secure and offer state of the art classroom materials. Preschool services are provided with quality and highly trained teaching staff. All services are free to families who qualify for programming.
D - Prenatal Program
Developmental Screens must be completed on all children within the first 45 days of enrollment. Tri-County Child and Development Council Inc. uses Brigance Preschool Screen III published by Curriculum Associates for 3-4 year old children and Ages and Stages Questionnaire published by Brooks for birth to three-year-old children.
An identified curriculum must be implemented. This agency uses: Creative Curriculum by Diane Trister Dodge published by Teaching Strategies for center based programming and Parents as Teachers from the Parents as Teachers National Center for the Home Based programming.
The agency must assess progress for participants. Tri-County Child and Development Council Inc. uses: Teaching Strategies Gold published by Teaching Strategies of Washington D.C. This agency assesses birth to 4- year old children three times per year following the Iowa Department of Education check points dates.
We empower families to help themselves by providing Building Blocks for Success.
TCCFD serves families with children from birth through school age, as well as families expecting a child.
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205 Adams Street, Suite 2
PO Box 1050
Waterloo, IA 50703