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Head Start Preschool Builds Strengths for a Life of Learning

Paducah Head Start Preschool provides a quality child development program, including individualized education, health and family services, in each of Paducah's four elementary schools for about 240 preschoolers.

The learning environment helps children develop socially, intellectually and physically in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.

The Paducah preschool has operated since 1965. In 2002, a review team from the regional office in Atlanta conducted a full review and found that it met or exceeded all federal standards. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Three- and four-year-old children must meet income guidelines to qualify for preschool services. Children with disabilities may be served regardless of family-income levels. Income verification, immunization record and birth certificate must be presented at enrollment. Physical and dental examinations are required. Teachers make home visits before school begins.

Free health screenings are offered in the spring for all preschoolers. Children going to kindergarten in the fall must be screened.

To receive an enrollment application for Head Start, contact the center at your nearest elementary school.

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Birdhouses Bring Blessings to Head Start Students
Paducah Public School bus driver Ronald Shoulta makes birdhouses by the bunches.  Shoulta, who drives the Special Needs route, has made more than 1500 birdhouses to give to Head Start students over the course of fifteen years.

A tragic accident was the catalyst that motivated Shoulta to begin building birdhouses.  One of his riders from his first Head Start bus route was struck and killed by a car.

“That broke my heart,” Shoulta said.  “I knew I had to do something personal for the kids.”

Shoulta’s wife Sebbie (Sabrina), who currently works as a teacher’s assistant for McNabb Head Start, suggested that he make birdhouses to give to the students.head_start_birdhouses_05.21.09-9769.jpghead_start_birdhouses_05.21.09-0344.jpg

Head Start Students Honored At Board Meeting

Kendrick Williams, Joseph Rouse, Macy Burrus, Aalyiah Woods were honored at the January 12 meeting of the Board of Education for being able to say their ABC's.  Congratulations!board_presentations_1.09-4301.jpg

Head Start Students and Families Gather for Holiday Crafts and Lights

Head Start Students and their families gathered with Head Start staff at the PTHS cafeteria to celebrate the holidays on December 18. Students had supper, made crafts and went to Noble Park to see the Christmas lights. 

Photos from the party have been posted to Smugmug.  You can see them here. head_start_christmas_crafts_and_lights_1_of_1.jpg

Head Start Students Join In Giving Gifts

Head Students enjoyed the spirit of the season as they came home for Winter Break with a gift for their parents.  Head Start teachers and staff prepared the parent gifts, and Head Start monitors assisted in the delivery.head_start_christmas_gifts_1_of_1.jpg

Head Start Sees "Madeline and the Bad Hat"

Head Start students, teachers, and parents visited the Carson Center on November 25 to see "Madeline and the Bad Hat".

The play was produced by the Artspower National Touring Theatre.  It is part of the Carson Center's Class Acts series, which is designed for students to attend performances that entertain and educate.

Additional photos can be seen here. head_start_carson_center_1_of_1.jpg

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