This program provides quality comprehensive pre-kindergarten services to low income children ages 3-5 and their families. Adams, Clay, Franklin, Hall, Nuckolls, and Webster are covered. We serve 379 children at 17 centers. Services provided include: Education, Health, Mental Health, Dental, Nutrition, Transportation, Parenting Classes, Family Services and Parent Involvement.
Early Head Start
This program provides comprehensive parenting services to prenatal mothers and parents with children under the age of three. Early Head Start is funded for 144 children in Adams, Clay, Franklin, Hall, Nuckolls, and Webster counties. Weekly home visits provide families the opportunity for services such as: Education, Health, Mental Health, Dental, Nutrition, Transportation, Parenting Classes, Family Services and Parent Involvement. Socializations provide additional time for families to gather for added support. Early Head Start also assits child care providers with obtaining licensing and accreditation.
Early Childhood Learning Centers
Early Childhood Learning Centers have been developed with the following school districts: Head Start C&FDP Inc., and Private preschools. For the current year the school districts are: Franklin, Sandy Creek, Lawrence, Silver Lake, and Red Cloud Public Schools.
Title One Migrant Education
The Title One Migrant Education Program provides supplemental education and supportive services to more than one million eligible children nationally. These services help children of migrant workers overcome the disadvantages they face, including disruption to their education.
Bi-national Migrant Education Program
The mission of the Bi-national Program is to facilitate sustained educational services for bi-national (U.S. and Mexico) migrant students by advocating for these students and conducting effective activities that promote academic student success.
Early Development Network
This program is governed by the Region 9 Preschool Interagency Council (PIC), which meets monthly and has been in existence since 1988. The goal of this program is to provide parents and families who have a child with a disability access to the highest quality of services and the whole range of services that they might need.
Health Care Initiative
Johnson and Johnson/UCLA/Head Start Health Care Initiative: This project was developed to provide training and information to participating Head Start agencies for the successful implementation of health care literacy programs to our families.
CNEC serves children and families in the seven county area of the Central and South Heartland District Health Departments. The project will integrate activities for social and emotional well-being of children from prenatal to 5 years of age.
Hastings Public Schools Preschool
The Hastings Public Schools Preschool room is a combination of special education and ELL (English Language Learners) programs. The special education program is available to children with an identified disability.
ESU #9 Toddler Play Groups
All children under the age of three who are verified through the multidisciplinary diagnostic process receive services at home or at their child care providers home or center.
Hastings Literacy Program
The Hastings Literacy Program (HLP) provides free classes for people sixteen years of age and older. GED classes are available four times a week to prepare students for the GED exam. English Language Learners are assessed and placed in a class appropriate to their skill level.
The purpose of this project is to provide supportive services to child care home/centers. This will be accomplished by providing trainings, incentives, information, on-site support, grant writing and accreditation as well as licensing assistance.
Early Reading First (ERF)
Rural Language and Literacy Connections (Rural LLC) is a unique proposal designed to create an intensive, literacy-based early learning program for rural, low-income children in Nebraska. Rural LLC is grounded on strong preschool/Head Start classroom curriculum instruction and rich environmental supports in literacy and language, as well as literacy supports in supplemental child care (family home or center-based) settings and children’s homes to enhance children’s early reading skills.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
CASA trains volunteers to be advocates for children in court because of abuse or neglect. The volunteers are appointed by the judge to be guardian ad litem for these children. They report to the judge any information they have gathered about the case so the court can make a decision on what is best for the child.
Birth to 3 Services Coordination
This program serves families with children with disabilities birth to three years of age in the 5 1/3 county area of ESU #9. Service Coordinators work with families to help them access all needed services, to connect them to all agencies that might help the family, assist the family through the testing process, and assist the families in learning how to access all needed services.
Bilingual community liaisons are the link between migrant families and the community. The community liaison assists families with language, school enrollment, health appointments, transportation, and referrals to other agencies in the community.