Want A HEAD START On Education?
Would you give your child a head start on education if you could? The Ennis Independent School District is providing just that to eligible students in the district. Ennis ISD has partnered with the Region 10 Education Service Center to provide classes under the federally funded Head Start Program. Ennis currently has five Head Start classes every Monday through Friday from 7:45 am until 3:00 pm to service income-eligible three and four-year-olds and their families. In recognizing that parents are the most important teachers a child will ever have and that home is the most important classroom in a child’s life, Head Start not only educates the student but works with the family. Head Start provides each student with free school supplies, nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as parent training to help assist families, as needed.
Each classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and a trained Instructional Assistant so that the adult-to-student ratio in the classroom is 1:9. Our Head Start program uses the Texas Education Agency’s PreKindergarten Guidelines and the Ennis ISD adopted FrogStreet curriculum resource for students to have a fun hands-on learning experience.
In addition to academics, Head Start also offers many enrichment activities for students. Students get to participate in various programs such as field trips off-campus, exploring our community, dental health training, fire safety training, and many other additional opportunities for student and parent involvement and engagement.
Head Start encourages the participation of parents in their child’s education by holding monthly parent meetings, publishing a monthly newsletter (put together by a parent), and working with parents through parent committees and Policy Council. Head Start also uses self-assessment group discussions to maintain the quality of the program and holds parent education sessions on subjects requested by the parents. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the Head Start program. Training is held for each of these opportunities to make participation less intimidating and more productive for the parents, the school, and the program.
Head Start accepts applications all year long. Students must be three years old by September 1st. In order to give your child a Head Start on learning, please pick up an application at the Head Start Office at Carver ECC, 600 E. Martin Luther King, or give us a call at 972-872-3743 with questions about the program. Head Start has numerous employees on campus and through Region 10 who are available to assist families in numerous ways.