506 Martin Luther King Drive DeRidder, LA 70634 (337) 463-5905
Jane Hamilton – Program Administrator
Margie Hieronymus – Program Director
Jessica Gallien – Program Secretary
What is Head Start?
Welcome to Beauregard Parish Head Start!
Beauregard Parish Head Start is a child development program for children from age 3 to 4 years old. Head Start provides services to promote academic, social, and emotional development, as well as providing social, health, and nutrition services for children and families.
Head Start has been, and continues to be, a model early childhood program for young children and their families. The latest research reveals that a child is more likely to succeed in school and in life when their parent or guardian is involved in his/her education. We are committed to providing a variety of opportunities for you to become further involved with your child’s education and our program.
Our curriculum is Creative Curriculum, a research based curriculum that is aligned with Head Start Early Learning Framework, Core Curriculum, and Classroom Assessment Scoring System. It is a developmentally appropriate approach to learning that is child-initiated and builds your child’s self-esteem, early reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. The Louisiana Department of Education has rated the Creative Curriculum as a Tier 1 curriculum.
"TIER 1 - EXEMPLIFIES QUALITY: Meets all non-negotiable criteria and scored the best possible on all indicators of superior quality."
The Mission of Beauregard Parish Head Start is to promote the school readiness of young children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development and physical growth through a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment, as well as a positive self-image and a love of learning.
Is My Child Eligible?
Children who are 3 and 4 years old and meet certain requirements are eligible for Head Start services. Children and families who are homeless, in foster care, or receive TANF and SSI are eligible for services. Families may also be eligible if it is determined that the family’s income meets the federal guidelines.
We are currently taking applications
for the 2022-23 school year
for eligible children who will be 3 and 4 years old on or before September 30th
Head Start is provided at the following Beauregard Parish Schools
Transportation not provided
The following documents are required with the application:
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY NETWORK
As directed by Louisiana’s Early Childhood Education Act, Beauregard Parish has worked together to create a unified system of high quality, publicly-funded options to families to ensure more children enter school kindergarten ready. This network is a local early childhood community network that includes every public Pre-Kindergarten, Child Care, and Head Start program within the parish.
The state coordinates these community networks by designating a Lead Agency for each community to coordinate essential activities, specifically observations and enrollment. The Lead Agency also serves as fiscal agent.