Program Options

Thank you for your interest in Head Start!

Jefferson County Head Start is a comprehensive, no-cost preschool program serving kids who are 3 to 5 years old in Jefferson County (excluding Lakewood). We provide a range of support and services for our children and families. Our mission is to empower our families to become stronger, healthier, and self-reliant.

We make every effort to meet each child’s needs by accessing support from outside agencies if necessary.

We look forward to offering the following options for families in 2022-2023:

Full-Day & Half-Day sessions: Children are taught on-site (at our Arvada or Wheat Ridge locations), in classes of 16-18 children and 2 teachers. Additional health and sanitization measures have been implemented to minimize health risks to children, teachers, and families. Full-day (6.5 hours) and half-day (3.5 hour, morning and afternoon) sessions are available. 

After-School Care: We provide after-school care to 20 students who are enrolled in full-day classes, extending their day to 4:30pm. These spots have an additional small fee, which can be paid through CCAP or private pay. After-school care spots are prioritized for working families.

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Jefferson County Head Start provides children with learning experiences to develop school readiness skills, with a strong emphasis on social emotional development. We understand that social emotional development is the foundation of school readiness, as these skills are fundamental to ensure academic learning can take place in a school setting.

Learning Through Play

We believe that children learn best through play, which is supported by our curriculum, Creative Curriculum. Second Step Curriculum is also used to develop skills in children such as listening, paying attention, controlling their behavior, and getting along with others. These social-emotional and self-regulation skills help to ensure that your child will be ready to learn in kindergarten.

School Readiness

Our School Readiness Plan and Goals align with the Colorado Preschool Academic Standards as well as the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Teachers conduct two Family Visits per year in the home in addition to two Family Conferences held at the school. Each of our classrooms is staffed with two highly qualified classroom teachers, with Lead Teachers holding a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Associates holding a minimum of a CDA.

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