Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

UCHRA Van Buren County Head Start is a federally funded (supplemented with contributions from parents and our local community) preschool program that provides educational and developmental services to low income children and families, including children with disabilities. Head Start serves children from three to five years old.  Each child is screened and has an individualized educational plan developed just for them, as well as group activities they enjoy with others. Head Start builds the foundation to prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Part of Head Start’s philosophy is that parents/guardians are a child’s first teacher. Head Start engages parents in their children's learning process and helps them in making progress toward their educational goals. Head Start also supports parents to reach goals for themselves and their families. Parent Involvement is encouraged at Head Start and many opportunities are available for participation, including volunteering, activities, trainings, Parent Committee and Policy Council.