​Education

Indiana County Head Start uses "The Creative Curriculum for Preschool" curriculum. The curriculum is based on five fundamental principles that guide our classroom practices.

  1. Positive interactions and relationships between children and adults are the foundation for early learning
  2. Social and emotional development is a significant factor for school success
  3. Constructive, child-driven play supports learning
  4. The physical environment affects the quality of learning
  5. Teacher-Family partnerships promote development and learning.


One of our main goals is to help children gain independence and self-control. We want children to take the initiative and assert themselves in a socially acceptable way. Children need to be exposed to experiences interacting with people outside their families. In addition to learning how to express their thoughts and needs, the development of skills connected to physical growth is also very important. We provide numerous opportunities for growth in the areas of strength, agility, balance and coordination.


Indiana County Head Start individualizes experiences for each child, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in ways that best suits their needs and interest. Supporting good habits and attitudes leads  to increased self-esteem and long lasting success in all areas of life



Special Services

ICHS ensures every child enrolled receives free screenings in the areas of speech, vision, hearing and developmental. Theses screening are done in the classrooms.


*Behavioral Health

ICHS provides free access to a Behavioral Health Consultant on a monthly basis to discuss any concerns that parents my have about their child's behavior, or would like more information about what to expect of a child at certain ages.


*Disabilities

ICHS works closely with ARIN IU 28/Early Intervention to ensure the needs of children with disabilities are met. This is done thought an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) which address the child's strenght and needs and special services to meet these needs. 


Representatives from ARIN become involved with the process beginning with the referral for an evaluation.


Depending on the disability, the services could include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and special transportation.


*Transition

ICHS works with the public schools located throughout Indiana County to ensure that when your child transitions from Head Start to Kindergarten that it is smoother for you and your child.


Transportation

Because of the rural nature of our county, many families have limited access to regular transportation. Even though Head Start programs are not required to provide transportation, Indiana County Head Start does provide transportation for a majority of our families.


ICHS has gone one step further. Every child riding on our buses is securely buckled into a 5 point harness to ensure the safety of the precious cargo. This is done by a trained Assistant Teacher who rides along with each bus driver to assist in making your child's bus experience a pleasurable one.


Service Areas

528 Gompers Avenue

Indiana, PA 15701

​724-349-6200


Indiana County Head Start