Head Start is a comprehensive program that serves children ages three to five and their families. It is a child-focused program with the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children in low-inccome families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. Since its inception, Head Start has served more than 34 million children and thier families. 
 
In addition to providing quality preschool education for children, RCS Head Start helps parents provide a better life for their families as they move toward sef-sufficiency. We help parents find employemnt, housing, achieve educational goals, improve money-management and become better advocates for their children.

  How to Apply     

Eligibility

Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
  
* Your child will be 3 or 4 years old by August 31st of the year you plan to enroll in Head Start. 
* Your income falls below the Income Guidelines set by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families? A Family Advocate can help you determine this. At least 90% of the children enrolled must be from Income Eligible families. 
* Does your child have a diagnosed disability? At least 10% of the total number of children enrolled must have a diagnosed disability. Eligibility will be determined by a needs assessment using screening criteria established by RCS Head Start and availability of classroom space.
 * If you are eligible for RCS Head Start, but there are no slots available in the program, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified of vacancies as they arise.

Apply 

You will be asked to verify your income by providing one of the following documents: 

* A copy of your most recent Tax Form 1040, or 
* W-2 Forms, or 
* Three (3) consecutive paystubs, or 
* Child Support checks, or 
* Foster Care checks, or 
* A copy of any other verification deemed necessary to determine eligibility, or 
* A signed statement from an employer on company letterhead 

You will also be asked to provide your child's copies of the following: 
* Immunization record 
* Birth Certificate 
* Social Security card 
* Medicaid or priviate insurance card 

A physical exam form and an up-to-date imuunization record will be required within 30 days of enrollment or your child may not be allowed to come to school.

Applications

  Centers     
Alamance County
Caswell County
Randolph County
  Director's Corner     

Key Facts About Our Program


Regional Consolidated Services, a private, non-profit human services agency incorporated in 1979, administers the federal Head Start program for Alamance, Caswell and Randolph Counties, North Carolina. 
 
We offer comprehensive child and family services including screening and follow-up in the areas of health (including dental, medical & mental health), social services, parent involvement, and education

RCS Head Start operates 27 classrooms in 7 centers. 
The average class size is 18, leaving the staff/child ratio at 1:9.  
 
However, in reviewing the American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates report from American Fact Finder and NC Budget and Management we have calculated that there are 1,962 eligible three and four-year-olds in our three county service area. Broken down by county, there are about 989 income and age eligible children residing in Alamance County, 127 in Caswell County, and 846 in Randolph County.

Therefore, we are currently funded to serve about 25% of the Head Start eligible children in our service areas overall. By county we are funded to serve: 
 
28% of the eligible children in Alamance County 
39% of the eligible children in Caswell County, and  
19% of the eligible children in Randolph County

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RCS Head Start Main Office
221 S Fayetteville Street
Asheboro, NC 27023

  Become a Sub!     

We will train you to be a paid substitute for our program. You will work with 3 to 5 year old children in a classroom setting. RCS pays $7.25hr for substitutes. You must be a high school graduate or have a GED. You will need a physical completed by a physician and a current TB test result. Also you will need a criminal background check. Begin as a substitute and Head Start may be able to offer you education and training to qualify for a regular position with Head Start or with other childcare providers. For more information, contact Lorri Brady at 336-629-5141. Help us make a difference in the life of a child!

35% of our staff are current or former Head Start parents!

  Internet Safety Rules   

Parents/Guardians: Use this as a guide to expand the meaning of internet safety to your children based on their developmental level.

* Protect Your Computer: Never download software or games without permission from your parent or teacher. Some downloads can contain viruses that can cause serious harm to your computer and network.  
 
* Protect Your Privacy: Never give out private information about yourself. Private information is your real name, nickname or initails, your address or phone number, where you go to school, or pictures of you. Also never share your password, even with your best friend. 
 
* Protect the Privacy of Others: You shouldn't share other's private information either. Private information of others such as where your parents work or their credit card information, or what school your neighbor teaches at or their address. 
 
* Always be Polite: Never use bad words, say mean things or spread rumors or lies. Never answer a message that makes you feel uncomfortable. Show the message to your parent or teacher right away.  
 
* Beware of Contects, Clubs, Prizes and Gifts: Always ask permission from your parent or teacher before you enter a contest, join a club, accept a prize or gift, or buy anything. 
 
* Beware of Strangers: The person you are chatting with may not be telling the truth. Say NO! if someone asks to meet you in person, asks to call you on the phone, or asks for your picture. If someone asks any of these things DON'T WAIT tell your parent or teacher right away.

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  WRAP Around Services  

The Wrap Around Program was developed to provide families with parents that work with extended hours of child care. If your child is eligible for this program, he or she can receive child care between the hours of 6:30 AM and 6:00 PM before and after the Head Start day and on teacher workdays.  
 
Requesting Service  

When a Family Advocate enrolls your child, you should be informed of the Wrap Around services available through the subsidized childcare voucher system.  
 
As parents of a Head Start child, you must contact your local Department of Social Services (DSS) and make an appointment to complete a written application/voucher form.  
 
If you are eligible for a subsidized childcare services voucher, the county DSS will issue a Child Day Care Voucher for each eligible child. The DSS worker, based on your need and income, determines eligibility. When eligibility has been determined and fees established, you must present the approved voucher to the site Child Development Coordinator or your Family Advocate. The site Child Development Coordinator will complete and sign the voucher and return the appropriate copy to DSS.  
 
Fees
 

Individuals who are eligible for Wrap Around services may be charged a fee of just 7% - 9% of the cost of childcare.  
 
Fees are due by the first working day of each month. All payments are to be paid prior to receiving service.  
 
No fees are charged for Wrap Around services provided to recipients of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), recipients of Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI), and children with no income living with someone other than their biological or adoptive parents or who are living with someone who does not have court-ordered financial responsibility.  
Failure to pay fees regularly and on time may result in termination of day care services, and if you leave a day care provider owing fees you will not be allowed to receive assistance through any Department of Social Services until those fees are paid in full.  
 
When a child begins or terminates Wrap Around services in the middle of the month, the site Child Development Coordinator computes the fee for that month by multiplying the number of days the child was enrolled by the daily fee amount.  
 
Any parent or guardian failing to pick up children by the time designated on their voucher may be reported to the appropriate Department of Social Services official per RCS Head Start late pick-up policy.