About Head Start

Purpose:

SHARE Birth to Five is a school readiness program that provides comprehensive child development services to eligible families. The overall purpose is to provide a program that will give preschool children and their families a variety of experiences which will broaden their horizons and their understanding of the world in which they live, expand their thinking, improve their health, build self-confidence and self concepts that will better assist them living with themselves and others.

A highly trained staff of 300 works with the children and their families in a variety of settings to provide a strong foundation for school readiness and long term success in school and later life. The program addresses the educational, social, emotional, and physical well-being of children from disadvantaged families, providing a strong foundation for school readiness and for long term success in school and later life.

Address:

Administrative Office 254 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607

Telephone:

(864) 233-4128

Areas Served:

Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee counties

Enrollment:

1480 in Head Start Program
216 Infants/Toddlers and 18 Pregnant Women in Early Head Start Program

Eligibility:

Families must meet income guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services. Children must be three to five years old for Head Start and birth to three years old for Early Head Start. Families must live in the four county service areas.

Total Centers:

20 Centers (81 Head Start Classrooms, 27 Early Head Start Environments)

Accreditation:

Eighteen (18) NAEYC Accredited Centers

Child Hours:

7:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday for Head Start and Early Head Start
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday for Extended Day Program

Ratios:

Head Start classrooms are staffed with one teacher, one teacher assistant, and volunteers.
Early Head Start classrooms are staffed with two teachers and volunteers.

PROGRAM OPTIONS:

Head Start:

Provides comprehensive child development services to 3 to 5 year old children and their families to prepare them for success in public school and beyond.

Early Head Start:

Provides early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to children under age three and pregnant women.

ABC Voucher System

Provides child care services from 2:30 -5:30 pm to participants parents who are working, in job training, or enrolled in school

ABC Voucher System Summer Extended Day:

Provides Head Start parents who are working, in training, or in school full day child care for Head Start children and their siblings (ages 5 - 12). This program operates from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.