Head Start programs are helping children get ready to succeed in school and in life through learning experiences tailored to their changing needs and abilities.
Ozark Opportunities, Inc. Preschool classrooms include Arkansas Better Chance and Head Start funded programs to meet the needs of families of all backgrounds.
All OOI Pre-K classrooms are staffed with a Teacher who holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Teacher Assistant certified with a Child Development Associate credential within the first year of employment.
Building strong relationships as the foundational driver for early learning
Engaging families in their child’s learning and recognizing parents as a child’s first and most influential teacher
Implementing effective practices to promote children’s growth in five key domains: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and physical development
Encouraging learning through play, creative expression, and guided activities with schedules and lesson plans that include the cultural and language heritage of each child and family in relevant ways
Creating welcoming learning environments in indoor and outdoor settings that are well-organized and safe
Conducting ongoing screenings and assessments to ensure each child is making progress, and collaborating with parents and community agencies when further assessment is needed
Supporting the full inclusion of children with disabilities and building on their strengths
Since 1965, Head Start programs have reached 40 million children and their families. Children who enrolled in Head Start programs are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, have improved social, emotional, and behavioral development, and are better prepared to be parents themselves than similar children who did not attend the program. Children enrolled in Early Head Start programs have significantly fewer child welfare encounters related to sexual or physical abuse between the ages of 5 and 9 than those who don’t attend.
Research consistently shows a broad pattern of impacts for children at the end of their Head Start enrollment. While these benefits may appear to diminish in the early grades, economic benefits emerge as children become adults. The Head Start program’s two-generation design — coupled with research-based, high-quality comprehensive services — has the power to change the trajectory for children’s outcomes.