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Preschool Services

Community invited to celebrate new San Bernardino Head Start

The grand opening of a new Head Start preschool will mark a new beginning for a San Bernardino community.

San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department will celebrate the Arrowhead Grove Head Start Grand Opening at 1151 N. Crestview in San Bernardino from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The new site, made possible through a partnership with the San Bernardino County Housing Authority, replaces the former Waterman Gardens Head Start. The community has had a major revitalization, complete with new housing. The ribbon cutting will serve as an opportunity to reintroduce Head Start to the community. The event will include a tour of the new preschool and a chance to meet staff. There will also be free refreshments, activities and a resource fair for members of the community.

“We are excited to be a part of this new chapter for families in the community. This preschool will not only benefit some of our county’s youngest residents, but also their parents who will be eligible to participate in our Policy Council and programs such as our online high school diploma program and apprenticeship program,” said Director of Preschool Services, Phalos Haire. “This grand opening is not only a new beginning for Preschool Services, but our entire community.”

The Head Start preschool classes are free to qualifying families. Along with school readiness, Head Start includes nutrition, health, mental health and disability programs. Head Start also offers a number of programs for parents such as a job training apprenticeship program that can lead to employment opportunities and a free online high school diploma program for those who did not complete high school.

In addition to the new San Bernardino site, Preschool Services has Head Start locations throughout San Bernardino County and are enrolling for the 2019-20 school year. Contact Preschool Services at (888) KIDS-025 for more information and access applications online at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/psd/.

The Preschool Services Department administers the Federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs, California Department of Education State Preschool program, as well as the Child and Adult Care Food Program in over 60 locations throughout the County of San Bernardino. It is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Preschool Services now enrolling for the 2016-17 school year

PSD logoThe Preschool Services Department (PSD) is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year. PSD has openings for children ages 0 to 5 and pregnant mothers, but hurry because spots are filling up fast.

Children who are homeless, in foster care, or in families receiving CalWORKs cash aid are automatically eligible.  Children with disabilities or special needs are given priority for enrollment.

PSD offers free or low cost high quality child development services for low income families.

Full day classes start Thursday, July 7.  Visit the site nearest you to enroll your child.  Sites are accepting applications Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Click here for a list of sites for you or for someone that you know who may benefit.  For more information please call 1-888-KIDS-025 or 1-888-543-7025 .

Don’t delay, enroll your child today!

Government Works: More foster children enrolled in preschool

Final Government Works StampDid you know the departments of Children and Family Services and Preschool Services were honored with an award for their Preschool Referral Project?

The Preschool Referral Project was developed to offer foster children age 3 to 5 enhanced preschool services resulting in increased placement stability, school readiness and school performance.

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As a result of the referral project, participation in early childhood education programs for foster children increased by 200 percent resulting in 118 foster children participating the program. All children in the program showed improvement in language, self-regulation, mathematical and social development. The results are encouraging for children who have been abused, witnessed abuse and suffered the trauma of being removed from their parents.

The program was recognized in November 2013 by the California State Association of Counties with a Challenge Award, one of the most prestigious government awards in the state.

This is an example of how Government Works.

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