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Head Start (Pre-K)

Head Start
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Head Start Program
1600 Rigsbee Drive
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (469) 752-7162
Fax: (469) 752-7161

Principal Tina Hardison
Counselor Lauren Tyler
School Hours 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Enrollment 146
School Colors Red and Blue
Mascot Hedgehog

Directions to School

From Dallas North Tollway: Park Exit – east to Jupiter, south on Jupiter to 18th Street, east on 18th Street to Rigsbee, south on Rigsbee to the school.
From Central Expressway: Park Exit – east to Jupiter, south on Jupiter to 18th Street, east on 18th Street to Rigsbee, south on Rigsbee to the school.

About Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded child development program designed to provide comprehensive services to preschool children from low-income families. The program is governed by the Plano Independent School District and the Head Start Policy Council.

To qualify for the program, families must meet income guidelines established yearly by the federal government. Current funding provides 146 places for children per year. At least 10% of the enrollment opportunities are reserved for children with disabilities. Children must be three years old on or before September 1 of the school year to enroll in the center-based program; however, the Plano ISD Head Start program’s priority is to enroll four-year-olds. Applications for the upcoming school year become available each February. Information about completing an application can be obtained by calling 469-752-7168.

Children and families in Head Start receive comprehensive services that include health, dental, nutrition, family wellness, education, disabilities, and family services as a part of the federal guidelines. These services are managed by Head Start staff managers who support parents in their independent pursuit of goals and objectives.

Head Start partners with the Plano ISD PASAR program that allows parents to pay a fee to recieve after-school care for their child.

Achievements

The program’s ongoing goal is to be an exemplary Head Start program in Texas as well as nationwide. During the May 2008 federal triennial review Plano ISD Head Start was awarded a gold certificate for 100% compliance of the federal performance standards. The program has continued to score well in each subsequent review.

Campus Programs/Parent Involvement Activities

Head Start Policy council, Family Partnership agreements, Computers At Home, Computer Bus Classes, flag football club, Pumpkin night, soccer club, nutrition classes, North Texas Food Bank cooking classes, parenting workshops, Mental Wellness meetings, Latino Family Literacy, Family Reading night, annual family picnic,

Community/Business Partnerships

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkloric Group; Assistance Center of Collin County; Assistance League of Greater Collin County; Barnes & Noble; Bruce Cady; Canine Companions for Assistance; Carrie Brazeal (TAMU Agrilife Extension Service); Chamberlain Performing Arts; Children’s Health Pediatric Clinic; Clinica Mi Doctor; Colling County WIC; Collin College (Early Childhood Education Department & Dental Hygiene Program); Costco; Custer Road United Methodist Church (Bed Start & Holiday Sponsorship);Family Education and Guidance Program; First Presbyterian Church (Plano Clothes Closet); Frisco Rough Riders; Galaxy Counseling Center; Greater Plano Kiwanis Club; Harrington Public Library; Homewood Suites; Hope’s Door; Janice Watson; Kappa Kappa Gamma Richardson Alumni Association; Kohl’s; Kroger; Marriott at Legacy Town Center; Metro Rotary Club; Metaswitch; New Hope Immigration Services; North Texas Food Bank; Once Upon A Child; Peggy and Jim Gesin; Pepsico; Plano Army Recruiter; Plano Children’s Medical Clinic; Plano ISD Education Foundation; Plano Fire Department; Plano Police Department; Rose Haggar Elementary School Student Council; Salvation Army; Texas Health; The Kiwanis Club of Plano; University of Texas at Dallas; Ursuline Academy; Walmart.

Find more comprehensive information on the Head Start website.