Head Start / Early Head Start of Beaver County

Comprehensive child
development programs

Promoting healthy prenatal outcomes for
pregnant women, enhance the
development of very young children, and
healthy family relationships.

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Who We Are

Head Start and Early Head Start of Beaver County are federal and state funded, comprehensive child development programs designed to serve families with children from birth to age five, including children with verified disabilities, or are determined to be homeless under the McKinney Vinto Act, or have children with verified disabilities and who have other identified “risk” factors.

Tami Ozegovich
Director of Head Start / Early Head Start of Beaver County

Kristin Folk
Assistant Director of Head Start / Early Head Start of Beaver County

Our goal

We at Head Start do our utmost to promote school readiness and enhance social and cognitive development through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other necessary services with the objective that the families and their children will be healthy, confident, and better prepared to succeed in life.

The Early Head Start program is committed to serving low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Our goal is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and healthy family relationships.

Social Services

Child Development

Information & Services in Health, Mental Wellness and Education

Nutrition

Special Needs

Annual Report

How we Serve

In our Head Start program

 Classroom Option

Single Session – 5 days per week for 5 or 6 hours per day depending on location

Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided to each child at no cost to the family.

 Classroom Locations

  • Aliquippa – 801 21st Street Aliquippa, 15001 – Two Classrooms
  • CCBC – 1 Campus Drive Monaca, 15061 – One Classroom
  • Hopewell – 3000 Kane Road Aliquippa, 15001 – One Classroom
  • Ambridge – 521 8th Street Ambridge, 15003 – Two Classrooms
  • Freedom – 1701 8th Ave. Freedom, 15042 – One Classroom
  • New Brighton HS and MS – 3202 43rd Street New Brighton, 15066 – Three Classrooms
  • Riverside -315 County Club Drive Ellwood City, 16117 – One Classroom
  • College Hill – 3301 6th Avenue Beaver Falls, 15010 – One Classroom
  • Beaver Falls 6th – 1416 6th Avenue Beaver Falls, 15010 – Two Classrooms
  •  Rochester – 540 Reno Street Rochester, 15074 – One Classroom

In our Early Head Start program

Classroom Option

  • Single Session – 5 days per week for 6.5 hours per day year round
  • Feeding is provided for infants on demand*
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided to each child at no cost to the family*

Classroom Locations

  • Aliquippa – 801 21st Street Aliquippa, 15001 – Two Classrooms
  • Ambridge – 1000 1st St. Freedom, 15042 – Two Classrooms

  • Rochester – 540 Reno Street Rochester, 15074 – One Classroom

Child-Care Option

Our Early Head Start program receives funds from the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, Inc. (COTRAIC) to partner with child care centers in the community to provide center-based Early Head Start classroom services. The children are enrolled in the childcare center and receives full day/full year services and Early Head Start staff ensures that children are receiving quality care at no cost to the family.

 

Our current Child Care Partners are

  • Noah’s Ark
  • Rhyming Thyme Daycare
  • Haynes Daycare Center
  • Precious Tots

Who We Serve

Head Start serves families with preschool age children 3 to 5 years.

Early Head Start Home-Based serves families of infants, and toddlers under 3 years of age.

Children in childcare can also receive Head Start/Early Head Start services.

Early Head Start Child Care Option serves infants and toddlers 6 weeks to 3 years of age.

Children with disabilities or other special needs are also provided services in collaboration with the local Early Intervention provider or other programs through an IEP, IFSP, or 504 plan.

Who We Serve

  • Highly qualified teachers and staff.
  • A program tailored to each child’s individual needs based upon parent and staff input.
  • Books and language tools to develop early reading skills.
  • Opportunities and environments to develop and support strong self-image.
  • Positive environment, positive behavioral changes, and social and emotional interactions.
  • Good, nutritional food choices and an example of healthy eating and living.
  • Instruction for parents on nutrition, health, child development, and mental health.
  • Opportunities for parents and children to have social interaction with others.
  • Tools for parents to learn to become their children’s first teacher.
  • A school readiness plan that provides information that is needed to ensure children are ready for school, their families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children.

Testimonials

Tammy G.

“It has been with great pleasure to serve on the Beaver County policy council, as vice president, throughout this past school year. During the time I have served on policy council, I have been able to work alongside other parents and community members, while being a part of the decision making process, learn about the inner workings of the program, and to learn about all the well thought  and care that goes into the decision making for the Head Start  families. From the first meeting and every meeting since Donald Walker and Rishell Miller have made me feel welcomed and that my input was appreciated by all involved.

Since having grandchildren in the head start program, it has been a wonderful experience to see them grow, learn, and to interact with the other children and with the teachers. The teachers in the head start program can be noted  to care very much for each and every child who they teach and support. It is very reassuring to know that your child will be safe, taken care of in a supportive manner, and to have an advocate for your child and families with inspiration and helpful resources. 

I honestly cannot say enough about the excellent programs, the lessons they are teaching myself and each family, and the positive reinforcement the children are provided with daily affirmations and care. 

Thank you so much for being there for my grandchildren and my family.”

Alex D.

“All three of my children had two years of Headstart. So altogether, I was a part of the Beaver County Headstart for 5 years. I believe that Pre-kindergarten education is extremely important and I’m grateful for the services that were provided. Early intervention, community resources, and the ability to meet other parents were vital to my family, especially during Covid quarantine. Four of my five years were spent serving on the Headstart Policy council. This gave me a platform to advocate for better policies for my kids. In my opinion, nothing is more important than this. I encourage parents who think they may not qualify to still apply. They call it Headstart for a reason and my kids received a head start on the skills they needed to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.”

Sueann L.

“Not only does the staff at Beaver County Headstart teach the kids to write their names, their ABC’s, and get them Kindergarten ready. The teachers and staff are also showing love, care, and dedication in the classroom. To the best teachers and stall members at Beaver County Headstart, your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed. Words cannot capture my appreciation.”

Ashley M.

“…but I did just want to shout out THE ENTIRE AMBRIDGE HS/EHS STAFF. They are all amazing and I cannot say enough wonderful things about them all.
Bailey is awesome at communicating and supporting me. She always makes herself available to answer my calls, texts, opening the doors after hours so I could pump milk, giving me resources…just incredible person. Really goes above and beyond. She is the whole reason I even felt comfortable transitioning to Ambridge Head Start.
Jen is an amazing teacher and always uplifting and encouraging Layla and supporting me as a mom. Love her!
Danyia is so loving and caring towards Aurelia. She always has a smile on her face everything I see her. She communicates with me so well and takes such good care of my tiny tot and I could not ask for a better teacher for Aurelia. I was nervous about moving her from Rochester but she has surpassed all my expectations and just does an amazing job with her. And very patient with me always being late…lol.
Sharon is awesome. I love her energy every time I see her and her engagement with me and my girls. I think she is a great leader and I really see that she cares and supports me as a mom and my girls. I truly appreciate her in their lives.
Donald as soon as I met you I knew you were a great leader. You greeted me so warmly and accommodated me and the girls and took time to talk with me and make sure we had everything we needed. You run a well oiled machine and I really think that the program is in good hands with you as a leader. You do all that and make it very enjoyable.
Again I could not ask for a better support system. I know I commented on a few but really everyone at that building is excellent. Thank you for supporting our family. This is exactly where God wants us. What a blessing you and your staff are.”
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