Head Start

Partnerships

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Head Start

Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start (CCHS) partners with a child care center and several family child care homes in the county to wrap Head Start/Early Head Start services around already existing child care. The fee for child care at a collaboration site is arranged with the particular independently-operated child care provider.

Teachers and family child care providers at these sites are not CCHS employees, but are required to follow Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards for all service areas. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation at these sites.

Family Child Care Collaborations

CCHS has partnerships with five family child care homes in Champaign County. CCHS Family Child Care Mentors work closely with providers to support curriculum, health, safety, nutrition, and family services.


The family child care partners are:

  • Care Bear Corner in Champaign (Deloris Lee)
  • Hall’s Little Hands in St. Joseph (Melissa Hall)
  • Kai Babies Champaign (Tara Jones)
  • Kids N’ Play Champaign (Carolyn Smith)
  • Nancy’s Day Care Champaign (Nancy Williams)


What is Family Child Care? Families enrolled for services in family child care receive:

  • Independent, licensed family child care.
  • Full-day, year-round programming.
  • Head Start/Early Head Start curriculum for their child.
  • Family support services to help set goals and gain access to community resources.
  • Access to dental services through the SmileHealthy program for all members of the enrolled child’s immediate family.


The Family Child Care program option benefits families who:

  • meet Head Start/Early Head Start Federal income eligibility requirements.
  • have a child ages 6 weeks through kindergarten entry age.
  • work and/or attend school full-time.
  • prefer a home-like child care environment for their child.
  • might need a more flexible schedule than a center can offer.

Hand-in-Hand Child Care Center Collaboration

Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start (CCHS) also collaborates with Hand-in-Hand Child Care Center in Tolono, Illinois. A CCHS Mentor works with the child care center classroom to support curriculum, health, safety, nutrition, and family services.


The child care center collaboration option benefits families who:

  • meet Head Start/Early Head Start Federal income eligibility requirements.
  • have a child age 3 through kindergarten entry age.
  • work and/or attend school full-time.

Center for Women in Transition Collaboration

CCHS has a collaboration with the Center for Women in Transition to provide what is called combination programming for families with children 6 weeks through 2-years-old and pregnant women who live at the homeless shelter.

Families receiving combination programming receive two “home” visits a month and their child participates in classroom experiences twice a week. The home visits and classroom sessions take place at the Center for Women In Transition.

Families at the center receive the full array of Early Head Start services. The Center for Woman in Transition staff emphasize with mothers living there the importance of volunteering during their child’s center time, participating in trainings, and participating in the Head Start Policy Council. CCHS is able to offer services to homeless families in accordance with the Federal initiative to prioritize enrollment of these families.

The collaborative efforts of the Center for Women in Transition and CCHS have enhanced the support for this group of children and families in our community.