The overall goal of the Cheyenne& Arapaho Head Start Program is to bring about a greater degree of social competence in preschool age children.
Our goal is to enable children to accomplish the goals of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.
This will be achieved through a safe and secure learning environment provided by Head Start staff, families, tribal government and community support.
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
The Cheyenne & Arapaho Head Start Program serves 133 families in the following towns: Concho, El Reno, Geary, Calumet, Canton, Watonga, Longdale, Seiling, Clinton, and Weatherford. We have centers located at Concho serving 57 students, Clinton serving 45 students, and Canton serving 31 students.
The center hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 – 5:00 on Fridays. The classroom hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday with no class on Fridays unless it is a make-up day. On Fridays the staff attends training, prepares for the upcoming week, makes home visits, and completes recordkeeping. The Administrative Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and the office is located in the Annex Building of the Complex.
The Head Start Program provides a well balanced breakfast and lunch to meet over one-third of a child’s daily nutritional needs. We serve meals family style with the teaching staff eating the same meal as the children. A registered dietician reviews and approves all menus before they are put into use. Special meals are provided for a child with a food allergy or dietary restriction. The Head Start provides nutrition education as part of the curriculum every month.
Transportation is provided to and from school, to various activities the program provides, and to health screenings. The children take one field trip to coincide with the curriculum. We have regular parent meetings for parental input, this is the time to plan for your child’s activities, make suggestions for the menus and lesson plans, and communicate with the staff.
Our recruitment efforts take place year round; however, from April to August the program concentrates heavily on recruitment efforts to get ready for the upcoming school year. We accept children from 3 to 5 years of age; they must turn 3 before September 1st in order to be eligible for Head Start. The parent must fill out an application and submit the following documents for enrollment: income, current immunization record, birth certificate, social security card, medical card, CDIB (if applicable), court documents (if applicable), and any documentation for a child with a disability. We reserve 10% of our enrollment for students with disabilities and 10% for over income students.