Early Head Start
The mission of Palmdale School District Early Childhood Education program is to provide a high quality, comprehensive preschool program for eligible children and families. We pledge to nurture, sustain, and educate children and families in a positive learning and social environment that supports the desired child outcomes and promotes academic success. We are committed to fostering the self-esteem of children and families so they may experience personal and social success. The program assists children and families in using all available community resources to meet their individual needs in this changing and diverse society.
The Early Head Start program is a comprehensive child development program designed to meet the needs of eligible EHS and preschool children and their families. A positive academic and social environment and developmentally appropriate experiences are provided to help children develop social competence and academic success. By focusing on all aspects of learning and development, children will achieve the desired outcomes necessary for life-long learning.
We recognize that each child has a unique cultural background that has been nurtured by his/her parents. We believe that the diverse backgrounds of families involved in the program enrich the classroom environment and enhance the learning experience for everyone. We acknowledge the role of parents as the primary teachers and nurturers of their children. Therefore, the program works in partnership with parents in building strong relationships based on involvement between the home and school facilitating the child’s development during this crucial stage of life.
Further, we are committed to cultivating partnerships within the community. Through the establishment of meaningful links with many local community organizations and agencies, the PSD Early Head Start program ensures that children and families receive an array of individualized services, and that community resources are used efficiently and effectively.
The Early Head Start Program serves pregnant women and families with children ages birth to three. Our agency is currently funded for 24 pregnant women and their infants in a home base setting and funded for toddler’s ages 12 to 36 months in a center setting. At 12 months of age children enrolled in the home base program will transition to the center. The center is located at:
Palm Tree Elementary School
Our center base program is a full day full year program. We are in session five days a week 7 hours per day, July through June. We also offer services to pregnant women that are supportive of healthy pregnancies and positive childbirth outcomes; supportive of young children; and nurturing and responsive care during infancy. With our home base services in the family’s home. Children and parents in this program meet twice a month for socialization gatherings to enhance parenting skills as well as develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills in their infant and toddlers.
Last Modified on December 4, 2012