Salem-Keizer Public Schools Student Services



Salem-Keizer Head Start Program

Salem-Keizer Head Start Program is a comprehensive child development program serving children from ages three to five. It is child focused, and the overall goal is to increase the social competence of young children in low-income/high risk families. Head Start provides a wide range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and parent involvement. The entire range of services is responsive and appropriate to each child's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive preschool program, where the educational staff and parents set goals for children's learning, plan experiences through which they can achieve these goals and communicate with each other regularly about the child's developmental progress.
  • Family advocates who work directly with families to help them develop and utilize individual and family strengths to meet personal and family goals.
  • Close partnership with families, recognizing the role of parents as the primary educators and nurturers of their children.
  • Partnerships with the community through which links with community organizations ensure resources are used to meet children and families individualized needs.