Head Start Preschool

We believe every child deserves a Head Start

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low income families. Children attending Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe, secure, social setting.

HRDC Head Start serves 148 children, aged 3 to 5, and families in Park and Gallatin counties. Currently we have classrooms in Belgrade, Livingston, and Bozeman. We also partner with daycare providers in Belgrade and Livingston. There is no charge to qualified families.  The program offers a classroom style experience for kids with a wide range of developmental needs. Services can be coordinated to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. All classrooms are monitored by certified educators who teach curriculum designed to promote mental, physical, emotional, and social growth. Children learn how to get along with others, share, play cooperatively, and solve problems in addition to forming the academic foundations of later school success. The staff encourage and welcome each parent’s involvement in Head Start activities, and will work as partners to help each child progress. In partnership with parents and the communities, we facilitate school readiness for children, and foster independence and personal responsibility for low income families. Both children and parents are empowered with the ability to enrich their own lives as individuals and families, and in turn to enrich our community now and in the future.

Learn more about our program by reading our Annual Report.

If you think your child and family would enjoy participating in Head Start, please click HERE to download the application.

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Head Start Policy Council

Head Start is governed by a Policy Council, an advisory group consisting of Head Start parents and community members that actively participate in decisions and discussions that affect Head Start. Each year, classroom elections are held to vote in one Representative and one Alternate to represent each Head Start classroom on the Policy Council. Each Policy Council member has a voice in making policies and procedures that affect their child’s Head Start experience.

Policy Council Roster 2015-2016:

POLICY COUNCIL CHAIR: 

MACEY’S Classroom:  LIVINGSTON PM
Brandie Boese

POLICY COUNCIL 1st VICE CHAIR:
BRIDGET’S Classroom:  BELGRADE PM
Lori Klingelsmith

Belgrade

STEPH’S Classroom:  BELGRADE AM
No Parent Representative at this time

Bozeman

DANI’S Classroom:  BOZEMAN 1 AM
Rachel Palmer (Alternate)

KARISSE’S Classroom:  BOZEMAN 2 AM
Amber Roane

BREANN’S Classroom:  BOZEMAN 1 PM
Cynthia Knox

SARA’S Classroom:  BOZEMAN 2 PM
Shantelle Markov

Livingston

KRISTI’S Classroom:  LIVINGSTON AM
No Parent Representative at this time

MACEY’S Classroom:  LIVINGSTON PM
Amanda Peters (Alternate)

Community Members

BILLIE WARFORD – HRDC Governing Board Liaison
JANE GILLETTE, DDS
VICTORIA PIKUL
LINDSAY CARLSON, MD

Policy Council Meeting Minutes 2015:

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 01-26-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 12-21-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 11-23-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 11-02-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 10-02-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 09-21-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 06-29-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 06-02-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 4-27-15

Head Start Policy Council Minutes 3-30-15

Head Start Policy Council Members 3-2-15

Annual Report:

Head Start 2014/2015 Annual Report