Since 1997, a competitive grant awarded annually through the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Families and Children, has enabled KIRPC Head Start to grow and improve the Head Start program that now serves 133 low income children and their families. Eligible three, four, and five year old children receive comprehensive services to prepare them for school. There are 7 classrooms located at six sites in Newton, Jasper, and Pulaski counties. The Head Start locations are in Goodland and Roselawn for Newton County; Rensselaer and DeMotte in Jasper County; and Winamac and Francessville in Pulaski County.
School Readiness and Family Engagement are priorities for the program.
Three rural counties are serviced by KIRPC Head Start in northwest Indiana. The counties of Newton, Jasper, and Pulaski are made up of agriculture and agri-businesses as well as a few small to medium sized manufacturing concerns.
One hundred and thirty three Head Start children are serviced throughout the three counties. One of our sites have two classrooms while the other five sites are single classrooms. The seven Head Start classrooms are located in six different sites. There are two classrooms in Newton County. There are three classrooms in Jasper County, and there are two in Pulaski County. There is a ninety-mile spread between the two farthest sites.
Annually Head Start is required to collect data from the 3 county area to gather community information. The most recent report is below.
KIRPC Head Start Mission Statement
To build positive relationships with families and provide safe and developmentally appropriate services for children.
KIRPC Head Start Vision Statement
To be a high quality early education agency and to ensure families have a stronger foundation for success.
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It is the policy of KIRPC not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin in its programs or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title II, Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. ” Questions and concerns should be directed to: Edwin Buswell, Executive Director c/o KIRPC, PO Box 127, 115 E. 4th St., Monon, IN 47959 Phone: (219) 253-6658