Special Needs

The Special Needs Department at Head Start ensures the implementation of the Head Start program in a home visiting and classroom based model in accordance with the performance standards. Special needs works to monitor development through observations, assessments/evaluations, preventions, and interventions in partnership with their families with emphasis in supporting children and families with special needs. Head Start for Kent County builds relationships with outside agencies and Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) in collaboration with a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to help ensure all students are receiving appropriate assistance to reach his or her highest potential. Head start offers children with disabilities the opportunity to learn and play alongside their peers and can serve as the least restrictive environment for many children.

Support Services

  • Role model and educate families on appropriate behavior techniques
  • Assist families in accessing needed support services and community resources to support the development of the child
  • Implement and guide PBIS and all of the components while continuously supporting a proactive and positive approach to behavior guidance for families enrolled in the program
  • Act as a liaison and advocate between community resources and Head Start families
  • In conjunction with parents; develop, promote, and implement trainings emphasizing activities that support the holistic development of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning framework
  • Present and/or aid in presentation of information at workshops for parents, staff or community members specifically related to the Special Needs department
  • Making referrals and assisting families in the evaluation process