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West Adventure Center

West Adventure Center is a Collaborative Preschool Program 
between the Norman County West School District and Tri-Valley Head Start.  
 

Services Include: Head Start / Preschool ECFE / School Readiness / Tri-Valley Programs

What is Head Start?

Tri-Valley Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides services for preschool children and their families.

Head Start is a full-service program for preschool children and their families. Head Start primarily serves three and four year olds from low-income families. All local Head Start programs must reserve space (at least 10%) for children with disabilities.

The overall goal of Head Start is to help young children be ready for school. Research has shown the lasting benefits of Head Start. Head Start works to strengthen all the influences on the child’s development. Children learn through planned activities. Head Start services include education, health, nutrition, mental health and social services.  Another goal of Head Start is to help families become self-sufficient through programs such as Adult Basic Education, family literacy and job training. Parents also learn how to use available resources to meet family needs. Parents are involved in all aspects of Head Start. This includes the opportunity to make decisions about program plans and policies.

Services Include:
Early Childhood Education, Family Services, Medical and Dental, Mental Health, Nutrition Services, Parent Activities/Volunteer Opportunities, Services for Children with Special Needs

Head Start is a state and federally funded program which gives priority to limited income families and families of children with special needs.  There is no cost for families enrolled in Head Start.

Head Start Highlights

Education:  Our Head Start staff offer your child acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and experience success. All classroom teachers have a degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood or a Child Development Credential.

Head Start children socialize with others, learn problem-solving skills, and participate in experiences designed to help them become self-confident.  Children enjoy playing with learning materials and working on tasks with their classmates.  Your child will leave Head Start excited about learning and ready to succeed in Kindergarten

Family Services:  Head Start supports families by assisting them in determining needs and goals, and by providing referrals.  Your family will have the opportunity to develop a written family goal plan.  Linking families to appropriate resources and advocating for families, are key aspects of the programs. 

Head Start works closely with all agencies, service providers, and schools.  Our goal is to support parents every step of the way. 

Health & Nutrition: Head Start provides hearing, vision, speech, and developmental screenings for all children.  If follow-up exams or services are needed, Head Start staff will assist your family in securing those services.

All Head Start children are required to have a complete physical and dental exam, plus all necessary immunizations.  Head Start may assist with these expenses.

A Mental Health Consultant is available to any Head Start family needing services.  Additionally, Head Start works closely with all community agencies to provide services to children with special needs.

Nutrition is also a focus of Head Start.  The meals are delicious and provide your child with 2/3 of the daily recommended nutritional requirements.  Your child is encouraged to practice a variety of self-help and social skills during meal times.

Parent Involvement:  The staff at Head Start knows that as a parent, you are the first and most important teacher your child will have.  Your involvement with our Head Start program is welcomed and encouraged.  Our goal is to join with you to help your child progress academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. 

Parents may attend monthly trainings on topics such as child development, nutrition, health issues, community resources and job training.  Training topics are decided by parents and the Head Start requirements.  Parents also have the opportunity to serve on planning committees and policy-making groups.  Past volunteers often report that their experiences with Head Start led to quality employment later. 

Center Highlights
** Licensed Child Care Facility **

School Readiness
School Readiness is open to children age 3 years to kindergarten enrollment. School Readiness offers programs and services unique to the needs of children and the resources in the communities. The goal of School Readiness is to help preschoolers enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning.

It is a priority of School Readiness to involve parents in their child’s learning and education. Research has shown that early childhood programs that involve parents and children working together are more effective than programs that only focus on the child. Involving families early encourages parents to play a more active role throughout their child’s education.

School Readiness is offered Monday – Thursday, during the school year.  Families pay for services on a sliding fee scale.

Early Childhood Family Education
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families. ECFE’s goal is to enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for their child’s learning and growth.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

 Norman County Home Based Head Start

is a comprehensive child development program.  It offers FREE health, education, and social services to income eligible families that include children, ages 3-5.

What services does the program provide?

Prenatal education & support

Parent support and parent/child activities

Weekly home visits

Referrals for health care, social services, housing and food assistance

Help with job training, GED, health insurance and public benefits

Support for children with disabilities and their families

Group activities and socializing

Support for homeless children

EMPOWERING

Parents to

TEACH & NURTURE

Their Children

Norman County’s Head Start Program assist parent with young children to:

Take a lead in their child’s learning and development

Become their child’s first teachers

To build positive family relationships

To give families the tools and resources they need to be successful

 

Tri-Valley Opportunity
Council’s Head Start
program serves all of
Norman County.
To be eligible, families must meet income guidelines. 


Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

 Norman County Early Head Start

 is a comprehensive child development program.  It offers FREE health, education, and social services to income eligible families that include children, ages 0-3.


What services does the program provide?

Prenatal education & support

Parent support and parent/child activities

Weekly home visits for infants and toddlers

Referrals for health care, social services, housing and food    assistance

Help with job training, GED, health insurance and public benefits

Support for children with     disabilities and their families

Group activities and socializing

Support for homeless children

 

EMPOWERING

Parents to

TEACH & NURTURE

Their Children

Norman County’s Early Head Start

Program assist parent with young children to:

Take a lead in their child’s learning and development

Become their baby’s first teachers

To build positive family relationships

To give families the tools and resources they need to be successful

 


Mission Statement

“To create and facilitate excellence in the life experiences

of young children”

We Believe …

Healthy families promote healthy children.

Every child has value and potential to succeed.

Positive environments promote positive development.

Families and communities grow strong together.

There is value in the uniqueness of each family.

Diverse needs require individualized services.

Shared involvement and responsibility result in successful outcomes.

 

For more information or to apply for any of the services, please contact the center.

West Adventure Center
P.O. Box 39, 320 Main Street
(218) 861-6738 or
toll free  @ 1-877-861-6738

This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting us at (800)201-3461 or by calling the MinnesotaRelay at 711 or (800) 627-3529.

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