Head Start/Early Intervention
The Head Start/Early Intervention Department houses the Head Start, Early Head Start, and Voluntary Prekindergarten programs. These programs provide early education opportunities and comprehensive services to students Birth – 5 and their families.
- Increase school readiness
- Provide high-quality education to Birth-5 students
- Enhance the knowledge and skills of Pre-K teachers, administrators, and support staff through strategic support
- Support families in the early care and education of their child
- Provide comprehensive services to children and their families
- Expand the number of high-quality Pre-K programs/opportunities throughout the district
The mission of the Broward County Head Start Program is to provide high quality comprehensive services to low-income children and their families to ensure social competence.
The mission of the Broward County Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program is to provide high quality instruction to four-year-old children ensuring Kindergarten readiness
The Head Start/Early Intervention Department administers the District’s Head Start (HS) Program, a federally funded program that offers free comprehensive services to economically disadvantage children and families. The direct connection between the HS Program and the District streamlines the coordination of services and referrals required to meet the needs of HS families enrolled in the program. Services such as speech/language evaluations, psychological referrals, and counseling are coordinated among programs to ensure families receive referrals and services in a timely manner.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded program that offers free comprehensive services to economically disadvantage families with infants, toddlers, and pregnant woman. The program offers both a center-based and home-based model. It is designed to improve the overall developmental progress of the child, with emphasis on the prevention of a variety of developmental concerns, increase families’ knowledge of parenting practices, and strengthen the family unit. The program’s objectives are accomplished through services that include appropriate infant-toddler activities, comprehensive health care, nutrition, education, and social services for young children and their families.
Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK)
The Head Start/Early Intervention Department administers the District’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program, a State funded program that offers free instruction to Florida four-year-olds. The direct connection between the VPK Program and the District ensures that the services available through the District are provided to the students enrolled in the program.