Each year, Sumter County Opportunity, Inc. serves approximately five hundred pre-school children (0-5 years) from income eligible families; facilitating community-wide outreach throughout thirteen remote locations.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community. Head Start began as a program for preschoolers. Three- and 4-year-olds made up over 80 percent of the children served by Head Start last year.
Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another Pre-K program. Early Head Start helps families care for their infants and toddlers through early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive services.
HEALTHY MEALS DAILY
Nutritious meals and snacks are served daily.
Sumter County Opportunity, Inc. serves as a provider of USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in support of the Head Start Program and Early Head Start Program.