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wondering

United States

#1 Mar 12, 2008
I hear headstart is enrolling I have a 3 year old would you send your child there.
Crackerjack

Kennett, MO

#2 Mar 12, 2008
Sounds to me like a 3 year old is too young for headstart, a daycare seems better.
Wondering minds

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Mar 12, 2008
Yes, I would why you ask? I work for headstart.

“I vote”

Since: Jan 08

kennett

#6 Mar 12, 2008
TO all out there that are wondering about the enrollment at head start, yes, we are starting our yearly enrollment. we are accepting 3 and 4 year olds, we don't have a quota for either as long as they are 3 by july 31st. you will need to bring,
birth certificate
shot record
proof of income
medicaid or private insurance card

we are here monday thru friday from 8:am til 3: pm
Mother of 2

Fairmont, WV

#7 Mar 13, 2008
My daughter is in Head Start and while I do think the structured play and social interaction are important, I think Head Start has a long way to go. It is only open from Monday through Thursday and they still manage to take an extra day off quite often. Even if you enroll them, you will still need a day care if you work. Also, when they have a snow day, they don't call or announce it on the radio. This has happened 3 times in the last few weeks, and had to run my daughter to a babysitter which made me late for work. They close the school for snow if any school in the county closes, even if the roads here are clear. And on another note, some of the teachers there are not the brightest when it comes to dealing with children. Very little training is needed to become a teacher and they have no child psychology to fall back on. They do not discipline them, and i think this may be why my daughter runs wild at home. She thinks she can get away with as much as she does at Head Start. I don't mean capital punishment either, they don't even do time-outs or putting their head down when they misbehave.
headstart lover

Florissant, MO

#8 Mar 13, 2008
If you are so unhappy sending your child to headstart then why is she still there? also it has been on the radio every time school was out I have a child that attends kennett headstart and she loves her teachers she attends the all day class I just wish the went in the summer too. If any one knows how we can get summer school let me know.
hs employee

Fairmont, WV

#9 Mar 15, 2008
well mother of 2 ....for starters let me say that at headstart we are not allowed to discipline your child, we are trained to redirect the children this is what we are told to do. And as for child psychology....or whatever your comment was on that....no we are not child psychologists, nor have we ever claimed to be...and i am VERY sure you are not either.For you to say that our teachers are not the brightest, I am only gonna say you have that in every place that you work. BUT I am also going to say that all of the employees are trained on a regular basis by headstart according to the mandates that headstart has set AND they are almost all either enrolled in college classes or have finished.
Getting to the part of the snowy weather that is NOT our decision we get the info from our central office on whether to close. It is usually on the radio and when it is not the teachers come in and call the parents but most of the time the phone numbers we have don't work. And most of the parents aren't home because headstart is their babysitter..... How many times have the public school teachers called for their children? As for some of the other posts about us not attending school on Fri. that is also once again NOT up to us.....so all of this said if you aren't happy maybe you should either speak to someone at the center or you should find somewhere else to send your child.
hs employee

Fairmont, WV

#10 Mar 15, 2008
and i also forgot about the days off....COME on thats a joke we are only out on the days we need be...we get the normal holidays, parent teacher conferences, and this week we had enrollment for next year...we do NOT get a spring break like public school...if you truly sat down and figured it out we probably are in session more that public school......so get the facts straight....
Amused

United States

#11 Mar 15, 2008
all 3 of my children attended headstart. My youngest started at 3 yrs old. she cried leaving me so I pulled her out and then she was eager to go when she turned 4. My other 2 liked it very much. this was 15 yrs ago! I think headstart is great, it's just what it says, a Head Start. if your child is 3, give them a try, if they cry or have problems, they may not be ready for it, it's different for each child. I think it helps prepare them even for Pre-school (4yr olds at public schools).
barry tuna

Fairmont, WV

#12 Mar 15, 2008
To mother of two,
I would also like to add that discipline starts at home. my child does not run wild here or at head start, I teach discipline at home but not with a belt or threats. furthermore,the taechers are conatantly attending trainig. You might want to call the DAEOC office and ask what the qualifications are to be hired as a head start teacher. YOU might be surprised.THis teachers are certainly not doing it for the money because believe you me they dont get paid enough!
friend of a friend

Fairmont, WV

#13 Mar 15, 2008
All of the teachers at Head Start have a CDA or a AA degree. Most of them are even getting their 4 year degree as well. Headstart does not believe in time outs. They are told to redirect the children when needed. I have seen parents at the center that let thier child run wild and hit them, and the parent does nothing.... Maybe you should bust his/her butt when they act up at home and teach them how they should act at home as well as in public..... Cause I can say that my child does not act up at home or in public.... and I have never had to spank her or use extreme measures.....
If you are a parent and are so concerned and think that headstart needs some changes... you should attend the family fun day meetings and got on the Policy Councel Committee.... that's what it is there for...... But, you probably don't attend them......
actually

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Mar 15, 2008
Mother of 2 wrote:
My daughter is in Head Start and while I do think the structured play and social interaction are important, I think Head Start has a long way to go. It is only open from Monday through Thursday and they still manage to take an extra day off quite often. Even if you enroll them, you will still need a day care if you work. Also, when they have a snow day, they don't call or announce it on the radio. This has happened 3 times in the last few weeks, and had to run my daughter to a babysitter which made me late for work. They close the school for snow if any school in the county closes, even if the roads here are clear. And on another note, some of the teachers there are not the brightest when it comes to dealing with children. Very little training is needed to become a teacher and they have no child psychology to fall back on. They do not discipline them, and i think this may be why my daughter runs wild at home. She thinks she can get away with as much as she does at Head Start. I don't mean capital punishment either, they don't even do time-outs or putting their head down when they misbehave.
Sounds like your the one that's NOT very intelligent, school closings have been all over the TV everytime and I'm sure the radio as well and we never accidentally went to school when it was closed.
Class80

Fairmont, WV

#15 Mar 15, 2008
To everyone on here i am so proud of you all for standing up to Mother of 2 because Headstart is a very good program and you all put it very well spoken the staff of the headstart would be very proud of the parents that defended the program. and so to you i am very proud because i myself is a employee of headstart and i wouldnt dare think of spanking someone elses child i believe that's what she wants for someone to do her raising. thank you parents.
justanopinion

United States

#16 Mar 15, 2008
The only problem with headstart is that most of the children who go there only go because there parents don't want to take care of there kids. I have heard lots of reports from family that work at the head start that they have to pound on doors to get the parents out of bed when they go to drop the kids off. If it was used right, headstart would be a wonderful place.
hMM

Blue Springs, MO

#17 Mar 16, 2008
HAHA well...
let me say this...
headstart will close..if its to cold, if its raining to hard, if the sun is shining to bright..if its to warm..
believe me..
headstart finds reasons to close even if the weather is nice outside.
My kids never went to headstart...
Probably a good thing they didnt..seeing that they are only open when they want to be.
I know this is true..i work at a place where, I can say...I know these things.
nothing is perfect

United States

#18 Mar 16, 2008
i taught headstart in another state and i know that it does have its problems, but used correctly and if it is run correctly it is a great program. i agree that the teachers here are not as organized as they could be and as for one comment by a person claimimg to work there, check grammar next time before you post. you were off to a great start but really blew it with the grammar problems. how can parents feel good about you teaching their kids if you cant use good grammar yourself. i am not talking typos either because those can happen to anyone. closings and days off are not handled locally e4ither. those come from a central office and you need to talk to those people instead of bashing your locals. they get paid hourly. they want to be open, its how they make their living. as for summer school, get a grip. that is the problem, you want to treat it like a daycare and it isnt. it is meant to be a great start for your kids nothing more and nothing less. give them a break and try helping rather than complaining. the greatest asset to that program is parent involvement and it is far to seldom given.

jxn

“Punish the Deed, Not the Breed”

Since: Jul 07

My Karma ran over your dogma.

#19 Mar 16, 2008
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Head Start was just that... a facility to give your child a head start, much like school. I was always under the impression that it was NOT a daycare. So if this is the case, then it goes without saying, that there will be times when the parents will need a back up place for their children to stay while the parents work, such as daycare or a babysitter. Once a child starts kindergarten, there will be times when school is cancelled due to weather, teacher workshops, parent/teacher conferences, etc. so therefore parents need to have a back up place for their child on those days. I do not understand why some parents get so "heated" about head start being cancelled for the day or only being in session Monday-Thursday or not being in session through the summer. I mean, "regular" school isn't in session all year round, they also have spring break and tons of "extra" days that they aren't in session. Really I don't see much of a difference in Head Start and "regular" school.
hs employee

Fairmont, WV

#20 Mar 16, 2008
to hhmm....believe me we do not get out for it being too warm or raining too hard..if that were the case we would be out all the time...and we are NOT!!!!! I will not say that again ...it sounds like you are just as silly as mother of 2...and you do not have any correct information....as you said your kids did not attend there so REALLY how would you know....???now hhhmmm to you./..
Blondie

United States

#21 Mar 16, 2008
I know years ago when my kids were small (and that's been MANY years ago), They only had so many positions available and they had to be filled with kids from lower income families. After all those positions were filled, then they could take kids from other income brackets. Is it still that way? Please note that I'm not trying to start anything by asking this. Merely trying to update myself on the facts.
hMM

Blue Springs, MO

#22 Mar 16, 2008
hs employee wrote:
to hhmm....believe me we do not get out for it being too warm or raining too hard..if that were the case we would be out all the time...and we are NOT!!!!! I will not say that again ...it sounds like you are just as silly as mother of 2...and you do not have any correct information....as you said your kids did not attend there so REALLY how would you know....???now hhhmmm to you./..
LOL because i work at a place where i have to get the kids ready for the bus..and half the time i have to call to see if HEADSTART is even in session..and of course..usually when the bus hasn't ran..it isn't..
its ridiculous that you guys cant even open when the weather is 30 degrees out..
Like..two weeks ago..you closed the school because "the bus wasn't running"
LMAO seriously..come on now.

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