HeadStart does exactly what its name implies; it prepares children for their education journey as they enter kindergarten. Since 1960, when it was first established, HeadStart has been doing this by taking a holistic view of the needs of the child’s entire family.

There are 77 HeadStart centers across the city where families can receive comprehensive services that work to meet their health, nutritional, and social needs. The goal is to help the child and family make a positive transition to kindergarten by helping them foster the skills they’ll need to navigate their new school environment. Through the HeadStart program each child learns socialization skills, library and computer skills, motor skills like coloring and cutting, and in preparation for reading they learn the alphabet.

The HeadStart difference
Possibly the best evidence of HeadStart’s success can be found in the difference it has made in the lives of the parents. They feel that the program makes the transition to Kindergarten less stressful for them because their children want to go to school – they’re prepared and not apprehensive about something unkown.

The Headstart centers are organized by school district. The eligibility is based on the age of the child and the location is determined by which of the 14 area school districts they live in.

HeadStart partners
The funds are administered through the City of San Antonio to each of its five primary partners:
• AVANCE
• Harlandale Independent School District
• Edgewood ISD
• SAISD
• Family Service Association
• East Central ISD
• Fort Sam Houston ISD
• Judson ISD
• Medina Valley ISD
• Northside ISD
• Northeast ISD
• Southwest ISD
• South San ISD
• Region 20
• Alamo Heights ISD
• Somerset ISD
• Southwest ISD
• Southside ISD
For more information please call the City of San Antonio HeadStart program at: 210-206-5500
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