The First Five Years

At Indiana County Head Start, we recognize that the most critical part of a child's life are the first five years!

Head Start promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. Since its inception, Head Start has served more than 37 million children, birth to age 5, and their families. In 2019, Head Start was funded to serve nearly 1 million children and pregnant women in centers, family homes, and in family child care homes in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the nation.

Indiana County Head Start, Inc. provides Head Start and Early Head Start services throughout Indiana County. The agency enrolls 333 children birth through school age. Indiana County Head Start engages the child's family to assist in the preparation of their children's future success. and has become an established and trusted member of the human services and educational system of Indiana County.

Indiana County Head Start 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

**Head Start admission is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability**.

The importance of early childhood development is now widely recognized-thanks in great part to the achievements of Head Start. The overwhelming success of Head Start programs at improving the cognitive and social abilities of preschoolers has helped to focus the nation’s attention on the most critical period in a child’s life-the first five years!

Our Vision

Indiana County Head Start, Inc. is a dynamic leader in comprehensive child development services and building family strengths.

Our Mission

Indiana County Head Start, Inc. operates an innovative, evolving organization that provides opportunities for children and families to improve their quality of life.

We are The Original Pre K for PA

The federal government has funded Project Head Start since the 1960's. The early programs were six week summer programs operated by school districts.

Over 900,000 infants, toddlers and preschool children are enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six territories, Pennsylvania serves over 36,ooo.

Research Indicates....Children enrolled in Head Start services are:

More likely to:

  • Have improved intellectual cognitive skills

  • Be healthier

  • Have enhanced self-esteem

  • Exhibit good social emotional skills.

Less likely to:

  • Be retained in a grade

  • Require special education

  • Drop out of school