Each year, scores of preschoolers are nurtured, educated and enriched by Hephzibah’s Head Start Program as they engage in activities that promote school readiness and foster their growth and development in language, literacy, mathematics, science, creative arts, social and emotional functioning, physical skills and learning skills.
Hephzibah has offered Head Start services free of charge for qualifying families in Oak Park and surrounding communities since 2011. Our Head Start Program builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and the development of strong networks within the community. Families participating in the program receive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services as needed. Hephzibah Head Start is offered free of charge for children between the ages of 3-5 in Oak Park and surrounding communities.
Our Head Start Program uses The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which emphasizes learning through play, exploration and discovery—and helps children develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills. This award-winning curriculum is fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and Illinois Early Learning Standards as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education. We offer two morning sessions and one afternoon session during the school year at 946 North Boulevard in Oak Park.
Hephzibah Head Start is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which sets rigorous professional standards for best practices in early childhood education.
Early Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age three from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Early Head Start serves infants, toddlers and pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the Federal poverty level. Our Early Head Start program is based on creating a learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas such as language, literacy and social and emotional development within the home. Early Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. This program helps build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.
Early Head Start services are provided in the home. Home visitors come once a week and work with families and their children. Together, they watch and think about the child. They help the child learn using the families’ interactions, daily routines and household materials. Twice a month, a small group of children, families and their home visitors get together in groups for socializations.
For more information about Hephzibah Head Start, please contact Melissa Smith.
Hephzibah Head Start Director
Hephzibah Head Start Family Specialist
Head Start Hours
Monday through Thursday, September through May
Morning sessions: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session: 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.