Head Start Program Kicks Off First Annual Fall Festival

COLUMBUS – The Head Start Program in Columbus kicked off it’s first annual fall festival in Columbus Saturday morning. Activities at the festival included face and gord painting, a bouncy house, slime buckets, a hands-on firetruck and cop car tour, as well as food and drinks. The Head Start Program focuses on children between ages zero to five to help prepare them for kindergarten.

There are a variety of programs within Head Start to fit every child’s need. The first program they offer is the Early Head Start Home Base program that focuses on pre-natal moms up until age three. The Home Base program offers in-home educational activities for kids.

The second program available to parents is the Center Base program designed for kids ages six weeks to three years. It runs Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 5 PM and parents are able to drop their kids off at Head Start’s Child Development Center. Kids receive two meals and two snacks per day at no cost to the parents and work on various projects and activities to help with early childhood development.

The last program they offer is Head Start. This program prepares toddlers for kindergarten and focuses on children three through five years of age. Staff at the Head Start Program put on small group and large group activities for the children both indoors and outdoors. Their morning session runs from 8-11:45 AM and their afternoon session runs from noon-3:30 PM. Anybody interested in learning more about the program is welcomed to contact Head Start in Columbus at 402-564-1124.

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