Our Program Goals
All FCHS Birth to Five staff, students, and families will receive support and growth opportunities in professional development and instruction in a physically and emotionally safe learning environment.
Our goal is to provide high quality educational services for all children, including children with disabilities. This includes:
Assess each child's development; providing information to the parents along with goals
Using a curriculum that follows each child's interest, focusing on how each child learns
Ensuring that activities prepared for your child are engaging and challenging
Building relationships with the family and child based on trust and respect
Providing opportunities for children to problem solve
Letting children learn through play
Below are some of the ways we work to Grow Little Minds:
Socially: To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their teachers, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.
Emotionally: To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
Cognitively: To help children become learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them learn to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physically: To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.
Family Services provides a spectrum of extensive support opportunities for parents' development as their child’s first and primary teacher. We collaborate with families to ensure they feel confident and capable of cultivating their child’s development, pursuing their dreams, and increasing self-reliance.
Family Advocates work with families to establish goals to promote family well-being, positive parent-child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and community, and families as advocates and leaders.
Floyd County Head Start Birth to Five offers Parent Workshops for our currently enrolled families that provide additional parenting resources through an interactive curriculum. The workshops give parents a space to find support and encouragement among each other. The meetings occur every other month and parents may share any topics important to you and your child and discuss current issues, special events, and information related to your Head Start child. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s education and help determine the future of the program and Parent Workshops. If you need transportation to a meeting please contact the Family Advocate Office.
Learning at Home
Staff will provide educational activities for parents/ guardians to work on with their child at home. Every student will receive a home learning box during their initial home visit, with all the materials needed to complete the home learning activities. The Home Learning Packet will be sent home on Mondays and returned to school on Thursdays. Parents will fill out the sheet completely and return to your child's teacher.
School Bus Transportation is provided at both sites for part-day classrooms. Full-day classrooms and Early Head Start classrooms do not have bus transportation.
All of our drivers have a CDL and follow the policies and procedures for Federal, State and DOT policies and regulations.
All drivers and monitors are trained in CPR, first aid and safety procedures to make sure your child is safe when riding our buses.
All children have assigned seating in our 5- point harness child seats and are assisted by the monitor on the bus to make sure your child is secure and safe.
Any decision to close or delay will be sent to all families via text message and posted on our Facebook page. Only closures will be posted on local television news channels by 7:00am.