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July 22, 2012

Head Start still taking enrollment applications

Woodward, Okla. — Applications for enrollment are still being taken for the Opportunities, Inc., Head Start Program.

The Head Start Program is for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old and pregnant women. Individuals can apply at the Woodward Head Start Center at 813 Madison Ave from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For pregnant women, the program does in-home visits, provides prenatal information, and once the child is born they will visit the child, said Robin Steele, area supervisor of Head Start. The program will continue at the home base or when the child turns 6 weeks old the family can apply for openings at the Head Start Center.

The program provides services at the Head Start Center for children 6 weeks old to 3 years old from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and children 3 to 5 years in age from 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. While only children up to age 4 can be enrolled, Steele said some of the children turn 5 while in the program.

The program will also provide services to children with disabilities in this age range.

"It gives the children a head start; it's all about school readiness," Steele said.

Children enrolled in the Head Start Program also receive medical and dental screenings. Steele said if families need resources they also help them with places to get food or medical care.

The program has been accepting applications since April and will continue to take them throughout the whole school year. The program will start the same day as Woodward Public Schools start she said.

In order to apply, pregnant women, parents or guardians must bring verification of income such as: W-2 form, 2011 1040, a current TANF (welfare card), 3 current consecutive paycheck stubs, or an employer's statement. The child's or pregnant woman's Social Security Number if available and the children's birth certificate will also be required.

Steele said once applications are submitted they go to a screening committee where they check the parent's income, child's age and needs of the child. Once the committee decides, they contact the families to let them know whether they have been accepted or not.

The program helps about 80 families per year. They currently have around 75 children in the Head Start Program and provide services for about 6 pregnant women she said.

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