528 Gompers Avenue

Indiana, PA 15701


Indiana County Head Start


Indiana County Head Start (Main Office)

528 Gompers Avenue

Indiana, PA 15701

Indiana County Head Start (ICHS) is a federally funded program whose purpose is to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development  

  • in a learning environment that supports children's growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning: and
  • through the provision of low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs, to be necessary.                                                                                                                                                  Head Start Act 2007

National Head Start Association

Since 1965, Head Start has represented a national commitment to America's most vulnerable children and has opened a window of opportunity for 27 million people who have gone on to achieve success in all walks of life.

In 2013 alone, sequestration has closed the window of opportunity for as many as 57,000 infants and toddlers. 

​​Indiana County Head Start offers a center- based program option for children ages 3-5.  Services are provided in a classroom setting five days a week for  3 1/2 hours  to 7 hours a day.  Each classroom is staffed by a teacher and assistant teacher/bus monitor.  Nutritious meals and snacks are provided. Each family receives at least two home visits and two parent teacher conferences per year.

Early Head Start offers a home-based program option for infants and toddlers and their families. Home visitors meet with families once weekly for 1 1/2 hours, and families attend by-weekly socialization events to participate in parent training and to positively interact with other parents and children.

Head Start programs recognize that the most critical part of a child's life are 

​The First Five Years!