TAYLOR COUNTY—After an abrupt end to the 2019-2020 school year, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, local head start and preschool agencies are now hopeful that the upcoming school year will begin on time and with as much normalcy as possible.
According to Children Services Supervisor with the North Central West Virginia Community Action Association (NCWVCAA) for Head Start and Early Head Start, Jamie Wright, head start in collaboration with the Taylor County Board of Education is now accepting applications for all sites in the county.
Anna Jarvis, Flemington and West Taylor Elementary Schools, along with Little Feet Preschool and Daycare are accepting children that are four years of age prior to July 1. However, three-year-olds with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be offered placement.
Meanwhile, the Lucretia and Webster Head Start programs, which are grant funded are designed for children who have turned three years of age prior to July 1, and will enroll children and families with the highest needs.
“Highest needs consists of income, special needs and certain family situations,” explained Wright. “But we encourage all those with a child or children that fall into the age requirements to apply. We can certainly assist families in choosing the right location for their child.”
Additionally, she shared that children who turn three throughout the school year may also be enrolled upon their third birthday at the Lucretia and Webster locations, as space is available.
Although sending little ones off to school for the first time can be emotional, the head start and preschool programs throughout the county offer families a peace of mind with well-trained educators that have the best interest of their students at heart and are determined to care for, teach and nurture little minds as they begin their academic journey.
“The head start program offers children and families an outstanding educational experience,” Wright commented. “But it is so much more than that.”
These programs also explore overall health, dental and mental health and start educating young children about make nutritious choices.
“Through the program, families in need also have access to family services offered by NCWVCAA,” Wright added.
For additional information about any of the aforementioned programs, along with program transportation information for the 2020-2021 school year, or to complete a no contact application for any of the sites please call the Taylor County Community Action Office at 304-265-3200.