About Lafourche Parish Head Start

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Lafourche Parish Head Start (header image)

 

Mission Statement

We produce self-esteem by educating children
and families today for a better tomorrow.

Lafourche Parish Head Start is more than just an educational system. It is a community service, a community outreach, a social service, a medical service, and an overall comprehensive program to meet the needs of the families we serve and to educate those families in fostering self-sufficiency. We also encourage and promote transitional services/activities to prepare the children and families prior to attending the local school or public school districts.

Enrollment is based upon a system of awarding points to a set of criteria, centering around age and income. The child must be three years of age before entering the Head Start program. A common factor of the average Head Start child/family is limited or low income.

Overall, we work as a partner in the community we serve. Interagency agreements are common in the delivery of a comprehensive set of services to children.

Geographic Area

Lafourche Parish, named after Bayou Lafourche and officially created in 1807, is one of the largest parishes in Louisiana measuring 77 miles long, 18 miles wide and encompassing 1,469 square miles. It is a rural parish whose major industries include oil and gas production, agriculture, sugar refineries, shipbuilding and commercial fishing.

Lafourche Parish has a population of 96,318, per the 2010 U.S. Census. The target area is very large with the populace spread out in pockets throughout the parish since most of the communities and towns in the parish are located along Bayou Lafourche. The following cities/towns in the parish are: Thibodaux, Raceland, Mathews, Lockport, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, and Golden Meadow. Presently, Head Start sites are located in Thibodaux, Raceland, Bayou Blue, Lockport, and Galliano. Many residents live in isolated and secluded portions of the parish. Additionally, a public transit system does not exist, leaving residents to depend on family and friends for transportation.

CLICK HERE for a parish map highlighting our Head Start classroom sites.

Governing Board

The Lafourche Parish Council is the Governing Board for the Lafourche Parish Head Start Program. This board is the group that is legally responsible for the overseeing of operations of the Head Start program. The Lafourche Parish Head Start Policy Council is a group that works in partnership with the grantee, key management staff, and the overall goals of the program.

Lafourche Parish Head Start will deliver high quality services to children and families in all areas of service and program management defined by the Head Start Program Performance Standards (45 CFR Part 1304) and the Head Start Program Performance Standards (45 CFR Part 1308).

Community Assessment

The purpose of the community assessment is to identify the most significant strengths and needs of Head Start eligible children and their families. A community needs assessment was conducted in 2015.

Program Approach

Our program's main goal is to prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in school. The key to reaching this goal is to ensure that our program is high-quality and that all children and their families are included through strong outreach efforts. Based on self-assessments and monitoring reports, our program quality has improved, especially in the area of early language and literacy. Health and social services are an integral part of our program as well and we provide family workers to ensure parents and children obtain necessary services. The Lafourche Parish Head Start program will continue to provide quality services which comply with Head Start Performance Standards, reflect findings from the annual self-assessment, the Community Assessment and are consistent with the philosophy of Head Start.

The Children We Serve

Lafourche Parish Head Start is federally funded to provide services to 292 three- and four-year-old children. We welcome children with disabilities.

Lafourche Parish Head Start sites are:

NORTH LAFOURCHE - Thibodaux Area
Martin Luther King Head Start - 1 classroom
Marydale Head Start - 1 classroom
Thibodaux Head Start - 5 classrooms
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE - Raceland/Lockport Area
Rev. Lloyd Wallace Community Center- 1 classroom
Myra G. Champagne Head Start- 3 classrooms
Bayou Blue Head Start - 1 classroom
SOUTH LAFOURCHE - Galliano/Cut Off Area
South Lafourche Head Start - 3 classrooms

 

A Parenting Center is located at the Myra G. Champagne Head Start site in Lockport, and there is another located at the Marydale Head Start site.

We maintain a waiting list for all sites to assure full funded enrollment and ongoing services to as many families as possible. Head Start children must be three years of age on or before September 30. Head Start also serves four year old children. Priority will be given to children who will be eligible to attend kindergarten the following year. This program will enroll 10% of children with disabilities as participants in the Head Start program.

Our Head Start program: provides a nine-month school year (160 days) for our children, August through May, with services to parents/children beginning in mid- August; utilizes a 6 1/2 hour day schedule; and follows the Lafourche Parish School System calendar for holidays.

Personnel

Lafourche Parish Head Start employs a Director, an Education Manager, Health/Mental-Health/Disabilities Manager, ERSEA/Transportation Manager, Nutrition/Male Involvement Manager, In-kind/Volunteer Manager, and an Administrative Assistant/Facilities/Policy Council Manager.

In addition to this management team, the following are employed:

Teacher 1 (Lead Teacher) 15
Teacher 2 15
Center Director 3
Family Involvement Coordinator 1
Family Involvement Specialist 4
Health Specialist 1
Transportation Assistant/Bus Driver 1
Bus Driver 3 Part-Time
Bus Monitor 4 Part-Time
Food Service Technician 9 Part-Time
Facilities Maintenance 1 Part-Time

 

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