Hamilton Center Early Head Start Exceeds Congressional Guidelines

Qualified Teachers Getting Kids Ready For SchoolHamilton Center, Inc. Early Head Start in Terre Haute, IN is exceeding Congressional mandates on teacher quality. As part of the reauthorization requirements for 2003, 50 percent of all Head Start teachers nationwide must have an associate’s degree, or better, from an accredited institution. At Hamilton Center, Inc. Early Head Start, 100 percent of
teachers and home-based educators have at least a bachelor’s degree, doubling the Congressional mandate.Recognizing that Head Start’s success can be attributed to a variety of factors, the program also uses a nationally recognized early learning curriculum and has developed community partnerships to best serve its children.“The innovative teaching techniques and high quality of teachers at Hamilton Center, Inc. Early Head Start is emblematic of Head Start centers all across America,” said Sarah Greene, President of the National Head Start Association. “These everyday success stories illustrate the deep commitment to excellence in the Head Start Community.”Hamilton Center, Inc. Early Head Start uses the Hawaii Early Learning Profile and Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum to educate its students.The program has also developed active partnerships with the local Head Start center; local special education services and therapeutic play group and program; the local children’s museum; and Vigo Public Library.

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private not-for-profit membership organization representing more than 923,000 children, upwards of 180,000 staff and more than 2,400 Head Start programs in America. NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for poor children ages 0 through 5, and their families. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community.

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