what we do.

Laramie County Head Start is a life-changing organization of proactive teams, sharing a vision and serving as a foundation for sustainable futures for children and families.

Within our organization, we offer two options: Early Head Start and Head Start. Both follow an educational curriculum based on developmentally appropriate content and skills.

In each option, participating Laramie County families enjoy outstanding, state-licensed services, including education, family engagement, health screenings, mental health services, and disability services.

(Se habla Español! Para información, o si tiene preguntas, llámenos al 307-634-5829.)

who we serve.

Early Head Start is a classroom- or home-based option that provides comprehensive services to pregnant moms and to children from birth to age 3 in Laramie County.

Head Start is a comprehensive, classroom-based Early Childhood Education option for Laramie County children ages 3-5.

get started

If you’d like to begin the enrollment process, or have questions about getting started, please get in touch with us through the form below.

about laramie county head start

At Laramie County Head Start, we believe a healthy child is a child ready to learn! In addition to teaching curriculum based around developmentally appropriate content and skills, we also collaborate with parents and community partners to ensure students have access to age-appropriate health and developmental screenings, regular dental check-ups, mental health services, and more.

Recognizing that lasting change in a child’s life comes from making a difference in the family, both our Early Head Start and Head Start options take a “whole-family” approach to education. Together with each family, we’ll work to set family goals, nurture positive parent-child relationships, and provide referral and resource services to help meet each individual family’s needs.

how we help children & families

At Laramie County Head Start, our “whole-family” approach to education is designed to link parents to both our classroom and our community.

Through what we call Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, we provide education on the following topics:

  • Family wellbeing
  • Positive parent-child relationships
  • Families as lifelong educators
  • Families as learners
  • Family engagement in transitions
  • Family connections to peers and community
  • Families as advocates and leaders

In collaboration with our community partners, we also offer our participating students and families access (or help getting access to):

  • Age-appropriate well child checks
  • Dental check-ups
  • Disability services for children on IEP/IFSP
  • Follow-up and early intervention services for identified concerns
  • Health education for parents and families
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Mental health services
  • Referral assistance for finding insurance providers, medical care, and dental care
  • Transportation services (two buses and several bus stops throughout town)

How we help expectant moms

Participating moms will receive support throughout their pregnancy, along with:

  • Approved, research-based curriculum on a variety of topics, such as fetal development and breastfeeding
  • Pre- and post-partum assessments, including a 2-week postpartum home visit

Once the child is born, services shift from the pregnant mother to the infant.

Head Start income eligibility requirements

To enroll in Head Start or Early Head start, your family must meet the income guidelines below.

However, we can accept up to 18 children from families whose income exceeds these guidelines. (Though these slots are very competitive, we encourage you to apply!)

Our Family Engagement Manager can answer any questions for you at 634-5829, ext. 308.

 

2019 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Persons in family/household Poverty guideline

1

$12,490

2

$16,910

3

$21,330

4

$25,750

5

$30,170

6

$34,590

7

$39,010

8

$43,430

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,420 for each additional person.

Head Start program application

To download our application, available in both English and Spanish, click on the appropriate link below.

Head Start application

Head Start aplicación en Español

intake appointment checklist

For your intake appointment, please bring all of the following items with you:

  • Completed application
  • Birth certificate of the child
  • Proof of income for the past 12 months for each parent in the household
    (Proof of income is not required for children in foster care or for families who are homeless.)

Do you have any questions about our enrollment process? We’re here to help! Please contact our Family Engagement Manager at (307) 634-5829, ext. 308.

Curriculum information

In line with the national Head Start approach to school readiness, we work to make sure children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children.

In both Early Head Start (birth to age 3) and Head Start (ages 3-5), we use research-based curricula that are designed to support developmentally-appropriate content and skills.

Meals and snacks

In our classroom setting, students enjoy two (2) age-appropriate meals and one snack each day, with accommodations made for allergies, disabilities, and preferences.

Our menus are approved by a certified Nutrition Consultant and include a variety of culturally diverse foods.

Head Start teacher and staff qualifications

At minimum, all Laramie County Head Start teachers have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and all teacher assistants have a Child Development Associate certification.

Throughout the year, we offer numerous opportunities for staff members to further their education in conjunction with WY Quality Counts. We also host required annual trainings; create Professional Development plans for all staff; provide expert coaching and mentoring; and provide opportunities for staff to participate in Together, Learning and Collaborating (TLC) training for peer-to-peer learning and support.

When does Head Start operate?

INFANT – 3 YEARS OLD
Operates year-round
Monday—Thursday, 8 a.m.—3 p.m.
(Home-based option by appointment.)

3 – 5 YEARS OLD
Operates from August to May
Monday—Thursday, 8 a.m.—3 pm

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

where is Head Start located?

521 W. Jefferson Road
Cheyenne, WY 82007