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Jefferson-Clarion Head Start Celebrates The Week Of The Young Child


Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. invites local communities to join in celebrating “The Week Of The Young Child” that will be held April 17 - 21, 2023. The purpose of this week is to inform the public about early childhood programs and to recognize that all young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and life. Additionally, it is a time to draw attention to the needs of young children and their families and plan how to better care for all young children.

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. operates pre-school and family development programs that serve children birth - 5 years of age and pregnant women. Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. will serve over 700 children in Jefferson and Clarion Counties this year through Head Start, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start and Parents As Teachers (PAT) programs.

Head Start and Pre-K Counts provide a high quality pre-kindergarten experience to children to prepare them for entrance into the public schools. Each classroom is staffed with qualified teachers and use an educational curriculum aligned with Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. Children are regularly assessed to monitor their educational development. We recognize parents as the primary educator of their child and the most important influence in their lives. Parent involvement is encouraged at all levels.

Early Head Start provides home-based services to families with children birth to age 3 and pregnant women. Parent Educators conduct weekly home visits with families that focus on child development, parent-child bonding, health and nutrition and practicing positive parenting skills. Parent Educators use the Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum to assist in guiding their activities with families. Infant/Toddler play times are provided twice per month for families.

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program provides home visits to families living in Clarion County and has been funded through the Family Support grants awarded by OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning.) There are no income guidelines for this program, so any family in Clarion County is eligible to receive this program. However, families with the highest needs receive priority for enrollment. The program provides home visits and Group Connections to encourage families to network and let their children socialize with other children their age.

Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. As a way to inform the public about our program and for anyone interested in seeing a classroom or talking to staff, each classroom/site will be celebrating by holding Open Houses during the week of April 17th through April 22nd. (Refreshments and activities will be available). The classrooms, locations, dates and times of the Open Houses in your area are as follows:


Knox Head Start

Keystone Elementary School

451 Huston Road, Room K1

Knox, PA 16232

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Knox Pre-K Counts

Keystone Elementary School

451 Huston Road, Room 2

Knox PA 16232

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM


A-C Valley Head Start

St. Petersburg Community Center

144 Church Street. Suite 20

St. Petersburg, PA 16054

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM


A-C Valley Pre-K Counts

A-C Valley Elementary School

776 Route 58, Room 113

Foxburg, PA 16036

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


New Bethlehem Head Start

401 Broad Street

New Bethlehem, PA 16242

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


New Bethlehem Pre-K Counts

401 Broad Street

New Bethlehem, PA 16242

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Rimersburg Head Start

350 Eccles Street,

Rimersburg, PA 16248

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Rimersburg Pre-K Counts

Rimersburg Elementary School

88 School Street,

Rimersburg, PA 16248.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Everyone is encourage to take the time to visit a pre-school classroom and learn more about early childhood programs and services.

For more information, please call Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. at (814) 849-3660 or toll free at 800-628-6150.

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