The federally funded Head Start program opened in White Settlement ISD in January 2002. Pre-school children who turn three or four years of age by Sept. 1 of each school year can qualify for the program on the basis of age, income and family size. Children can attend Head Start from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program provides nutritious meals, health screenings, family services and services for special needs children.
Students eligible for the WSISD pre-kindergarten program and Head Start will attend pre-kindergarten at the Head Start building, located at 728 Comal adjacent to Special Programs. (The district currently offers pre-kindergarten at four of its elementary schools.)
In a collaboration between Head Start and WSISD, two licensed, certified WSISD teachers instruct students at Head Start for part of the day, enabling the kids to be well-prepared for kindergarten in WSISD. These children are also taught the Head Start curriculum by Head Start employees.
Head Start provides four classrooms and is staffed by four lead teachers, four teaching assistants, a cook and a housekeeper. The Family Services Advocate, is available to help families with registration and economic and social needs. All Head Starts in Tarrant County are funded and operated with federal grants received by Child Care Associates.
For more information, call Head Start at (817) 367-0319 or Dr. Karen Gonzales
on at .817.367.5335.
Please note that during inclement weather, Head Start will follow the openings/closings of White Settlement ISD.