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Head Start Program

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start offer a comprehensive approach to school readiness by providing children with developmental and sensory screenings, as well as high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood learning experiences in the areas of social-emotional well being, language and literacy skills, cognitive and general knowledge, physical well being, and motor development.  Families are provided with resources and referral services, support for health and safety, as well as learning and leadership opportunities as they work towards achieving individual and family goals.

The Early Head Start (EHS) program provides home-based services in Crawford, Harrison, Perry, and Spencer Counties for a funded enrollment of 80 pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.  Early Head Start serves families until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program.

The Head Start program provides services for a funded enrollment of 291 three- to five- year old preschool children and their families, with children served through classroom sessions in seven licensed centers throughout Crawford,  Harrison, Perry and Spencer Counties, and through a Home-Based option in Harrison County:

  • Thirty-four (34) children through two class sessions in the Harrison County center, and thirty-two (32) children through a home-based option;
  • Forty-nine (49) children through three class sessions at the North Crawford County center, including one session with full day service;
  • Eighteen (18) children through one session at the South Crawford County center;
  • Thirty-six (36) children through two sessions at the North Perry County center, including one session with full day service;
  • Fifty-four (54) children through three sessions at the South Perry County center, including one session with full day service;
  • Thirty-four (34) children through two full day sessions at the South Spencer County center; and
  • Thirty-four (34) children through two sessions at the North Spencer County center.

Following are just a few of the highlights and accomplishments of Head Start and Early Head Start for 2017:

  • Purchased new developmentally appropriate, child sized furnishings for the Early Head Start socialization areas in each county.
  • Implemented a new parenting curriculum as required by the newly updated Head Start Program Performance Standards.  Conscious Discipline Parenting Curriculum is being utilized jointly in Head Start classrooms, parent education opportunities, and on Head Start and Early Head Start Home Visits.
  • Six Early Head Start staff attended The Head Start Advantage:  Affirming the Positive Results of Our Work with Children and Families training in Nashville, TN.
  • As a result of development screenings and ongoing assessments, 4 children in Early Head Start and 13 in Head Start were referred for further evaluation, and subsequently received early intervention services.
  • 24 children transitioned from Early Head Start to Head Start and 119 children transitioned from Head Start into the public school system.
  • Parents have regularly participated in program planning, Policy Council membership, policy and decision making, program self-assessment, volunteering, recruitment events, and other leadership and growth activities.
  • LHDC’s Head Start program has continued taking steps toward achieving accreditation through Indiana’s Paths to Quality Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System, with several centers reaching a level 3 in 2017.
  • LHDC’s upgraded its transportation fleet during 2017, purchasing two new school buses for transporting children to and from the Head Start centers.

Our Head Start program also participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide children with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack each day, and some transportation services are also provided. With the input of community partners, staff, and program parents, LHDC’s Head Start program completed a Comprehensive Self-Assessment of the program, services, facilities, and playgrounds, incorporating results into program improvement and future planning.

How to Apply

To apply for Head Start Services provided by Lincoln Hills Development Corporation (LHDC), please follow the below link for an online application or print and complete the PDF application.

Head Start Online Application                                Head Start PDF Application

Please return the PDF application to the following address: LHDC Head Start Program P.O. Box 336 Tell City, IN 47586.

A member of LHDC’s Head Start staff will follow up on all applications received.  Submission of an Enrollment Application does not guarantee that enrollment slots are immediately available.

Contact your local Head Start Center:

Crawford County

North Crawford
Head Start & Early Head Start
508 W. 5th St.
English, IN 47118
Phone: 812-338-2631
South Crawford
Head Start
2675 S. State Road 66
Marengo, IN 47140
Phone: 812-365-3177
Harrison County
Harrison Head Start
1170 Monroe Street
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: 812-738-1711
Harrison Early Head Start
1273 Hillview Drive
Corydon, IN 47112
Perry County
North Perry Head Start
French Ridge Road
Leopold, IN 47551
Phone: 812-843-4800
South Perry Head Start
19th & Tell Streets
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812-547-8463
Perry County Early Head Start
321 9th Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Spencer County
North Spencer
Head Start
104 Christi Drive
Dale, IN 47523
Phone: 812-937-4125
South Spencer
Head Start & Early Head Start
501 Washington St.
Rockport, IN 47635
Phone: 812-649-6122