Bucks IU Early Childhood Programs were featured Monday, October 16, 2023, on the “Let’s Talk on WDVR” radio program. This show, hosted by Andy Kin, Kelly Unger and Bill Tucker, spoke with Dr. Roseanna Mitsch, Bucks IU Director of Early Childhood Programs. Dr. Mitsch explained about the Bucks IU Head Start and Pre‑K Counts FREE Preschool throughout Bucks County. Robyn Gross, Bucks IU Marketing Lead, assisted with information on the Bucks IU and their other programs.
Listen to the segment here: https://bit.ly/3M4g9Cs.
Learn more about these income-eligible preschool programs below.
HEAD START, EARLY HEAD START, PRE‑K COUNTS
Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs designed to promote school readiness by enhancing the child’s cognitive, social and emotional development with a positive learning environment and a variety of services, including:
Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences. Through relationships with adults, purposeful play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in all aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.
Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and development screenings, nutritious meals, oral health, and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.
Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. These programs emphasize the role of parents as their child’s first, and most important teacher, by helping to build relationships with the families and encouraging their involvement. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.
Bucks County Head Start programs are free to qualified families and children, as set by the federal government. Eligibility may change yearly and is based on income, or status with programs such as: Social Security Insurance (SSI), Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF) or foster care; or other considerations such as homelessness. Some children may also be eligible for Pre‑K Counts.