Programs and Services
Early Head Start Services
Download the Application
If you would like to apply for Early Head Start Services, please download the application here.
Kids Incorporated has established a number of school readiness goals that define the expectations of children’s status and progress across the domains of social and emotional, language, literacy, cognitive, math and physical development. Meaningful relationships and interactions are the focal point to infant and toddler learning. Small group sizes allow for primary care giving and continuity of care, which supports children in developing nurturing relationships and achieving goals. In Leon and Madison counties, two different program options are available: center-based and home-based programs. In Jefferson County, center-based care is the only option offered.
Kids Incorporated utilizes the research-based curriculum – The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos – which is developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-3 years of age. Activities are planned based on each child’s individual development and intended to target skills and set goals for the children to achieve as they grow and develop. The foundation for this curriculum is play-based, recognizing that children learn through play and interactions with their teachers, classmates and environment.
Through the extremely low teacher to child ratios (1:4) and group sizes (no more than 8 children to a classroom), Kids Incorporated is able to individualize the curriculum to ensure each child’s learning plan is based on his/her developmental level with goals to advance and/or improve the child’s skills to meet or exceed their developmental and chronological age. Foster Grandparents are assigned to one or two children in a classroom and work with them to improve developmental skills. Other volunteers help in classrooms, providing an extra pair of hands, reading to toddlers or rocking babies. Parents and other family members can often be found volunteering in classrooms.
Teaching Strategies GOLD (TS GOLD) is the research-based child assessment system utilized by Kids Incorporated that parallels the curriculum. TS GOLD is used to identify a child’s approximate developmental age and developmental skills. Results are used by staff to individualize planning to meet each child’s individual needs. Teachers document progress using portfolios with observation notes, photos and work samples. On-going assessment monitors child’s progress. Teachers conduct two home visits and hold a minimum of two conferences with adult family members each year.
Family Advocates are on staff to work with families from the time of enrollment until their child transitions from the program at age 3. Individual and family goal setting helps families chart a course and through the use of family support services, learn how to access community services that will help them achieve self-sufficiency. Family engagement activities take place at each center and range from parent meetings to programs about finances, home ownership, parenting skills, etc. A male involvement program - The Barbershop - helps dads and other male figures in the lives of the families learn how to bond and become role models for the children. They have an opportunity to develop a network and exchange ideas and ways to be more engaged in a child’s life.
Health, Disability & Nutrition Services
Health & Disability Coordinators organize annual dental screenings for the children, make referrals to medical treatment for all identified children’s needs, and work with a nutritionist to ensure the children receive two nutrition meals and a healthy snack each school day. As part of our prenatal program, these coordinators, along with a Family Advocate, visit each new mom within two weeks of delivery. A Health Services Advisory Committee meets annually and makes recommendations on any necessary improvements. A family therapist serves as consultant and regularly observes children in their classrooms and is available to meet with staff and families to help address potential problems.
A minimum of 10% of the children served have special needs. It’s not unusual for therapists (speech, occupational, physical) to be in the classroom working with these students one-on-one on a regular basis. Other volunteers, such as graduate students from FSU’s Center for Autism & Related Diseases do their practicums at one of our centers, working with a child on the autism spectrum.
A Nutritionist works with the cooks at all of the centers and helps ensure healthy meals and snacks are prepared.
Families are selected to participate in the program based on need, rather than on a first-come-first serve basis.
This chart represents the 2016 Early Head Start Income Requirements:
Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
NOTE: Early Head Start Application Submissions/Information:
Applications for our Early Head Start program will be taken at any of our 5 EHS centers. For a list of centers, addresses and hours of service, please click on this link: http://www.kidsincorporated.org/locations.