Programs

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Early Head Start

Higher Horizons’ Early Head Start program provides no-cost childcare, extended social services, preventative health and prenatal education services to the parents of infants and toddlers. There are currently two Early Head Start sites that provide services to more than 100 infants and toddlers in the Bailey’s Crossroads/Falls Church community of Fairfax County.

  • Education Services and Resources
  • Health, Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Services to children with disabilities
  • Services to dual language learners
  • Family and community engagement

Head Start

A priority for Higher Horizons is school readiness which means children are ready for schoolfamilies are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children. Higher horizons’ school readiness goals are appropriate for the ages and development of enrolled children according to the following Early Learning Outcomes (ELOF) Framework domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognition
  • Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

Home Based

The Home Based program offers weekly in-home visits, as well as two parent-child group socialization activities each month. The qualified staff are home visitors who provide comprehensive services to strengthen the relationship between infants and toddlers and their parents. Early Head Start staff work closely with parents to ensure that goals and experiences are in line with the family’s culture, as well as build on the child’s interests and abilities.

Socializations
Home Based socialization experiences provide families and staff members with special opportunities to collectively support child development and learning. Socializations offer time for infants, toddlers, and their parents to strengthen their relationships, and also give parents opportunities to observe their children in new and different settings. Children are able to explore various materials and experiences, offering “teachable moments” that can create relevant, impactful learning opportunities.
During Socializations, parents can also gain greater insight into their child behaviors, support other parents, and develop a sense of community as they develop relationships with other families and community members.

Higher Horizons Head Start program serves low-income, preschool age children (ages 3 to 5 years), and their families at the Bailey’s Crossroads site.

  • Education Services and Resources
  • Health, Nutrition, and Mental Health
  • Services to children with disabilities
  • Services to dual language learners
  • Family and community engagement

The Home Based program offers weekly in-home visits, as well as two parent-child group socialization activities each month. The qualified staff are home visitors who provide comprehensive services to strengthen the relationship between infants and toddlers and their parents. Early Head Start staff work closely with parents to ensure that goals and experiences are in line with the family’s culture, as well as build on the child’s interests and abilities.

Socializations

Home Based socialization experiences provide families and staff members with special opportunities to collectively support child development and learning. Socializations offer time for infants, toddlers, and their parents to strengthen their relationships, and also give parents opportunities to observe their children in new and different settings. Children are able to explore various materials and experiences, offering “teachable moments” that can create relevant, impactful learning opportunities.

During Socializations, parents can also gain greater insight into their child behaviors, support other parents, and develop a sense of community as they develop relationships with other families and community members.

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