Our vision is to empower diverse families and strengthen communities.
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Head Start's Dover and Morristown centers are proud to have achieved a 4-STAR quality rating from NJ's Quality Rating Improvement System,
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HISTORY OF HEAD START PROGRAMS
IN MORRIS COUNTY
Head Start Community Program of Morris County partners with families to provide comprehensive support for child development and school readiness, from prenatal to kindergarten ages, for the community’s most vulnerable children.
Head Start is a federally funded child development program created in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The program is operated by local nonprofit organizations in almost every county in the country.
The Head Start Community Program of Morris County was also founded in 1965 with a summer program for 45 economically disadvantaged preschool children. The organization now provides services to 333 children from birth through five years, including expectant mothers.
Pregnant women and children from birth through 18 months are served through a Home-Based Program. Children ages 18 months through three years attend a Center-Based Program at the Dover site. Preschoolers ages 3-5 attend a Center-Based Program at either the Dover or Morristown area sites.
Head Start’s comprehensive program goes far beyond basic child care services, meeting the educational, social, emotional, health and nutritional needs of its children and their families.