GLEAMNS Head Start is a
comprehensive child development program which serves 1665 children from
three to five years old and their families. We are a child-focused
program and have an overall goal of increasing the school readiness and
social competence of young children in low-income families.
Funding for our Head Start
program is provided by the Administration for Children and Families
through the Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are awarded
by the ACF Region IV Office directly to GLEAMNS Human Resources
Commission, Inc. for the purpose of operating the Head Start program at
the community level.
GLEAMNS Head Start, the
largest Head Start program in the state of South Carolina, operates 20
Head Start centers in a ten county area. These counties include
Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda,
Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield.
Our program has a long
tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed
to foster healthy development in low-income children. We provide a
range of individualized services in the areas of education and early
childhood development; special needs; medical, dental, and mental
health; nutrition; parent involvement and family services. In addition,
the entire range of Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to
each child’s and family’s developmental, ethnic, cultural, and
linguistic heritage and experience.
Much of the success
experienced by GLEAMNS Head Start is directly linked to the services
provided by other community agencies partnering with our program to best
serve our communities. Without such partnerships, we could not attain
the high goals we set for ourselves to provide quality services.
We are required by the
Federal government to obtain a 20% local match in our overall funding.
We obtain this match in the form of in-kind contributions from our
community partners. Some of these contributions come as volunteer
hours, donated space for our facilities, discounted costs for services,
and donated services.
The public school districts
are our largest contributors of donated services. These services are
provided by way of speech and language screenings, evaluations, and
therapy; vision and developmental screenings; and direct services for
our children with special needs. Without the assistance of partners
similar to these, our resources would limit the number of children and
families we serve.
GLEAMNS Head Start accepts all
application regardless of race, creed, sex, religion, national origin,
or disability condition.
Persons interested in enrollment for
children may complete this online application. Please complete all
non-shaded areas of the application. You will be contacted at a
later date to provide proof of family income and child's date of birth.
For more information, contact the
Case Worker at the Head Start center nearest you.