Local Head Start recruiting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Low-income families who wish to give their children a “head start” should register now for the county’s Head Start programs.

Recruitment is now open for a federally funded child development program that provides services for 3-to-5-year-old children.

Known as Head Start, the program has locations in Andalusia, Opp and Florala, and the programs are actively recruiting students.

Enrollment is ongoing at all three locations, but space is limited.

Tabitha Samuel, family service specialist at the Andalusia location, said that there is an ongoing waiting list, but praised the curriculum.

“We have curriculum that we do follow,” she said. “It gets the students prepared to go into the schools. We teach ABCs and colors, and they learn about the different jobs and other things that they would learn at school. When they are finished, they will be ready for kindergarten.”

Additionally, Samuel said health screenings are conducted throughout the year.

Those interested in making application must provide the following:

• A certified birth certificate;

• Proof of income (taxes);

• Medicaid Card and proof of disability (if applicable); and

• An up-to-date immunization record (Blue Card).

Additionally, a parent or a legal guardian must make the application for the prospective student.

There is no charge for the program.

For more information, call the Andalusia Head Start at 334-881-0181, Opp Head Start at 334-493-4451 or Florala Head Start at 334-858-3060.