School Readiness Programs
Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Inc. provides a free program for children and families at two sites in Morris County. The main facility in Dover houses four half-day Head Start classrooms (morning and afternoon sessions), eight full-day Head Start classrooms, and three full-day, full-year Early Head Start classrooms. Through a shared service arrangement with the County of Morris, we also provide three state-of-the-art, full-day Head Start classrooms at Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township. Children from the Dover Public Schools, Wharton Borough Public Schools and Morris School District also receive inclusive preschool services through collaborative agreements with the Head Start Community Program of Morris County.
Head Start offers both home-based and center-based programs, with comprehensive services to address the physical, health, nutritional, developmental, educational and social-emotional needs of young children and their families. Pregnant women and children from birth to 18 months may be served through a home-based program. Children ages 18 months to three years may attend a full-day center-based program at our Dover site. Preschoolers, ages three to five, attend full-day center-based programs sites in Dover and Morristown. In addition, four half-day sessions are offered in mornings and afternoons to preschoolers at our Dover site. At minimum, the program serves 200 children in 15 class groups distributed over two locations.
We ensure that pregnant women and enrolled children have health insurance and access to free or low-cost medical and dental care and that any medical/dental issues that are diagnosed are treated. Families in need are referred to the local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides health services to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children. Benefits provided are supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling, and screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services. WIC provides services in nearby locations in Dover, Boonton and Morristown. WIC is by appointment only from the hours of 9:30am to 2:00pm. To make an appointment, call (973) 754-4575.
Our comprehensive services meet the needs of the whole child and family. Children receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack daily. They are screened for disabilities and all children with special needs receive appropriate services.
Family advocates help families assess their needs and improve the conditions and quality of their lives. The advocates conduct community outreach, make referrals, and educate families about available community resources and how to obtain and use them. Head Start also provides emergency assistance and/or crisis intervention. Parents children’s first and most important teachers, and Head Start partners with parents in all phases of children’s education. Culturally and linguistically competent family engagement is a vital and dynamic aspect of Head Start programs.
Adult ESL Classes
Adult family members also receive referrals for free English-as-a-Second-Language classes. In partnership with Head Start, the Morris County School of Technology offers ESL classes for adults seeking to learn English on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the Dover Free Public Library at 32 East Clinton Street in Dover. Classes run from September through June and childcare is provided for children two years of age and older. If interested, visit in person to register. An entry exam is utilized to place people of similar English levels together.