Home Base Head Start, one of the best kept secrets of Schuylkill County, is a fantastic program. I was a stay at home Momwhen my youngest turned 3. I was concerned about getting her ready for kindergarten and gaining some social skills. I came across a flyer for Head Start and I gave them a call. I was somewhat familiar with the Center Based HS program. Iattended HS as a child. Both my nieces did, too, in conjunction with childcare. I was delighted to learn about the Home Base program. It gave us the socilaization and academic experiences we were looking for without putting her in a preschool center away from home. The teacher came to our house once a week for 1 1/2 hours. We all worked together, as a team, on activities that enhanced literacy, numeracy, cognitive gross and fine motor skils. Twice a month, we met for a "social' with other parents and children. Thsi offered group activities and learning opportunities for parents as well as the children. I became very involved with the program and actually began working for the agency that delegates it, halfway through my daughter's second year. My daughter was not only very ready for kindergarten, but we both made friends that we still keep in touch with. If you are a non-working parent, hesitant about sending your young child off to pre-school, I strongly urge you to look into this program. It is free. Of course, there are income guidelines, but we can take families who are slightly above these guidelines. and the recruitment specialist will work with familes to find ways to get them enrolled. Incidentally, we also offer center based Head Start and PA-Pre-K Counts at locations throughout Schuylkill County (income guidelines are slightly higher for PK). Interested? Call my good friend, Lori Spotts at 1-800-433-3370, ex 223. I promise, you will be glad you did. Georgine Joyce Admin/IT Support Child Development, Inc. 420 University Drive Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 1-800-433-3370 ex 23418216
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