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EARLY HEAD START

Ready for School - Ready for Life

The Parent Child Development Corporation is the grantee agency for the Bridges Early Head Start Program. Early Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive early childhood education program that serves income-eligible preschool children and their families. Services focus on individualized preschool education and school readiness; social and emotional development; dental, physical, and mental health; and nutrition.

As Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole family, parental involvement is a vital element in the success of the program. Parents are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways, including classroom volunteering, parenting workshops, at-home activities with their children, center committees, training, community events, and special projects.

Governance of the Early Head Start program is shared by the PCDC Board of Directors and the Early Head Start Policy Council, which consists of Early Head Start parents and community representatives. The Early Head Start Policy Council offers an opportunity for parents to become involved and develop leadership skills.

The Bridges Early Head Start Program is currently funded for 72 children and their families in Charles City, King and Queen, King William, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, and New Kent counties in Virginia. The program operates five days per week in all centers, Monday through Friday. 

The PCDC and Early Head Start administrative offices are located at 702 Main Street, P.O. Box 799, West Point, VA. The phone number is 804-843-2289.

Early Head Start Recruitment
Recruitment for the Bridges Early Head Start Program is ongoing. If you are interested in information on enrolling your child, please complete the "Getting to Know You (Word)" or "Getting to Know You (PDF)" form and e-mail it to Taren Thomas(tthomas@pcdcva.org).  If you have any questions, you may reach Taren at (804) 843-2289.

Below are some links to sites that you may find helpful:

National Head Start Association

The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Head Start Bureau

Virginia Head Start Association

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

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