Program Background

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a federally funded program for parents and their 3- and 4-year-old (pre-school) children. Started in 1965, Head Start is based on the philosophy that the parent is the primary educator for the child. HRA supports this philosophy with safe, nurturing and culturally sensitive services in a licensed setting.

Head Start’s Goals to Prepare Children for Kindergarten

Your child will begin preparing for kindergarten on the very first day of pre-school. Teachers will conduct home visits and conferences with parents regularly to review progress. Children will show that they are ready for school with development in these areas:

    • Language: understanding and using language to communicate
    • Literacy: identifying sounds of spoken language
    • Mathematics: counting for quantity and to solve problems
    • Science: using the 5 senses and other tools to gather information and make observations
    • Social/Emotional: expressing feelings, needs and opinions without harming themselves, others or property

Staff Qualifications

HRA’s Head Start teachers are committed professionals in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Our teachers have degrees in ECE and maintain/update their skills with continuing education. In addition, all of our teaching staff is CPR, First Aid and Medication Certified.



Success Story

21% of the Head Start/School Readiness children who went to kindergarten were accepted into New Britain’s Scholastic Academy in 2011-2012. The Scholastic Academy is a gifted program for low-income children who attend public school.

“Lance” (fictitious name) is one of the children who were accepted into New Britain’s Scholastic Academy. His first kindergarten report card shows him excelling in reading, writing and math. Glowing, Lance’s mother brought the report to his HRA teacher, “Ms. Mary” (fictitious name). He told his mother that he wants to return to Ms. Mary’s class to read to the Head Start children.

Lance entered HRA’s Head Start/School Readiness Program when he was 4 years old. In one year he was not only ready for kindergarten, he was testing above his grade level. Ms. Mary describes his initiative, his interest and his creativity as a pleasure. She worked very closely with him and to this day his mother says he still talks about Ms. Mary. His parents also work very closely with him and it seems he’s following in the footsteps of his older sister, who is also in Scholastic Academy.

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