Project Head Start was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and educational needs.
Washtenaw County Head Start will not discriminate against any individual or group because of race, sex, religion age, national origin, color, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs or disability.
Program Philosophy and Goal
Head Start is a uniquely organized and comprehensive Early Childhood Program. We provide a comprehensive preschool experience to children, including children with special needs, to creatively challenge and develop their competency skills. Our goal is to help the children build self-confidence and competence needed to become lifelong learners. Washtenaw County Head Start nurtures the WHOLE child in the context of family and community. We see our program as a catalyst for change as we partner with our families.
1819 S Wagner Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: (734) 484-7119
Ann Arbor Head Start
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 994-2303
Manchester Head Start
410 City Rd.
Manchester, MI 48158
Phone: (734) 428-9711 x1344
Whitmore Lake Head Start
8845 Main St.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Phone: (734) 449-1052 x4000
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Beatty Early Learning Center (formerly "Leforge")
1661 Leforge Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: (734) 994-8178
Ford Early Learning Center
2440 Clark Rd.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198
Phone: (734) 221-1801
Perry Early Learning Center
550 Perry St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 221-1750
The Creative Curriculum is used in Head Start. By using this curriculum, children's interactions and explorations with their environment help facilitate their learning.
Washtenaw County's Head Start program is multidimensional. We focus on the following areas:
Children learn to recognize letters of the alphabet, object recognition and number recognition by engaging in various classroom activities.
Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively with music, art, drama and storytelling. They learn to express their emotions in creative and acceptable ways, and are encouraged to verbally express their feelings and to communicate their needs to others.
Children are provided with many hands-on learning opportunities to develop pre-reading and writing skills. They will also explore scientific and mathematical concepts such as counting predicting, measuring and problem solving.
Staff help the children build their self-esteem and confidence by encouraging them to learn to make choices and develop independence.
Classroom staff provides the children with opportunities to express themselves in a socially acceptable manner. The children are encouraged to respect the rights and opinions of others. Diversity awareness activities are a part of the daily lessons.
Children have daily indoor/outdoor play experience to develop fine motor, large motor and sensory-motor development.
Is my Child Eligible?
- All children in Washtenaw County are eligible according to age and income eligibility
- Income eligibility may be waived for children with special needs or disabilities
- Children in foster care are eligible regardless of income of biological or custodial parent
- Children must be 3 or 4 years of age on or before December 1st of the beginning of the program year
What do I Need to Enroll my Child into the Head Start Program?
- Copy of your child's birth certificate (A copy can be ordered online at VitalChek)
- Current record of your child's physical examination (A completed examination signed and dated by a physician is REQUIRED for participation in Head Start including annual TB tests and hemoglobin scrrenings)
- Child's up-to-date Immunization Record
- Current record of your child's dental examination (Including follow-up visits every six months)
- Proof of residency (driver license or I.D./utility bills from previous month/copy of lease agreement)
- Proof of income (W-2 from the previous year/Form 1040 from the previous year/FIA eligibility notice or letter from FIA/ Letter from employer)
Where do I go to Enroll my Eligible Child?
See Head Start locations.
Enrollment Application 2013-2014
This application package applies only to applicants at the Ypsilanti Head Start location. If you are interested in applying to a different Head Start location, you must inquire at that respective Head Start location. Please complete the application package (including all the below forms) and bring all the required documents for enrollment (we may waive this requirement under certain circumstances).
Please print all the below documents for complete application package.
Washtenaw County Head Start expects the highest levels of involvement from its parents because it is crucial to both the children's and our program's success. Please visit the volunteer page for the ways you can involved in the Head Start program. Head Start staff is always available to help parents find the best ways to offer their skills.
Family Partnerships: Building relationships and partnering with our families is an integral part of our Head Start program. It enable staff to work together with families to support them in their growth as well as in attaining personal and family goals. Through this proces we are also able to connect families with services and opportunities in the community.
Program Governance: Parents and staff share in the decision making process in our Head Start program. Each Head Start site has a center site committee from which representatives are selected to sit on the Head Start Policy Council. Policy Council representatives report back to their center site committees on a monthly basis to ensure the timely dissemination of program information.
Michigan Ability Partners
Helps people to find housing, jobs, etc. and vocational services for persons with disabilities.
Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative
Washtenaw Success by 6 provide services for parents, training and support for childcare providers, and system help for the agencies and programs working to serve families and young children.
Michigan Unemployment Agency
Phone: (866) 500-0017
TTY: (866) 366-0004
Processes unemployment claims.
Washtenaw County Michigan Works!
Phone: (734) 544-6799
Toll Free: (800) 285-Works
Services and assistance in an individual's job search.
Search jobs by Zip Code. The #1 source for hourly employment.
Michigan Department of Career Development
Vocational rehabilitation service focusing on employment needs of persons with disabilities.
YCS Head Start Volunteer Handbook
Head Start resource guide for families with young children in Washtenaw County.
Volunteers are welcomed throughout the school year. There are an endless number of ways for parents, students and community volunteers to become involved in Head Start. Here are some ways to become involved:
- Assist with the classroom activities
- Attend parent meetings
- Become involved with your Center Site Committee
- Help with Field Trips
- Prepare materials for the classroom teacher (in class or at home)
- Share special interests or hobbies with the children in the classrooms
- Telephone other parents with information and/or requests
- Interpret for non-English speaking families / translate communications
- Help plan events throughout the year
- Help recruit eligible families (children and parent volunteers)
- Share nutritional recipes for classroom newsletter
- Attend special parent trainings and conferences
- Participate in the Health Services Advisory Committee
- Be a safety crossing guard (Grantee only)
If you have any other ideas, please bring them to Classroom Teachers, Site Director or anyone on the Head Start staff.