Head Start taking enrollments

MIAMI COUNTY — The Kids Learning Place is continuing enrollment for the Head Start preschool program for fall 2016.

Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children from ages birth to five years and their families at no cost. It is a federally funded program operated by Council on Rural Services in Miami County. Children who attend Head Start programs are involved in school readiness that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive medical and dental services, are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.

Full day services (six hours) will be available at Piqua, Troy and Milton-Union Elementary School, with part day classes (3 ½ hours) also in Piqua and Troy. Another option in the county is home-based learning with staff visiting families (1 ½ hours) each week and periodic group socializations.

The no cost services to children are available to children that are income eligible, in foster care or homeless. The program also allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs. To secure your child’s spot, call (866) 627-4557, Piqua at (937) 773-0773 or Troy and West Milton at (937) 440-9595, or visit www.kidslearningplace.org for more location information.

Council on Rural Services provides education and support services through Kids Learning Place, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) and Community Connectors in their nine county service area.