March 18, 2010
ICS, Inc. announces annual recruitment drive for pre-school
As a public service, ICS, Inc, Project Head Start announces its annual recruitment drive for pre-school age children for the 2010-2011 year.
To be eligible, a child must be three- or four-years old on or before September 1, 2010.
The formal recruitment drive runs from January until the beginning of April. If your child already has an application and is on the waiting list for openings, check by phone or in person with your local center and make sure that the information is current and complete.
If your child is currently enrolled in Early Head Start (EHS) you must complete a different application for Head Start. Partner programs should be recruiting children especially those new to Head Start too.
ICS also operates a small EHS program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers. EHS is not located at all ICS centers or counties, and space is very limited. Check at your local center if you are interested in applying for EHS enrollment.
When applying, the parent/guardian must present the following items:
1. Certified birth certicate.
2. Up-to-date Immuniz-ation Report #121 from the MS Health Department or your family physician.
3. Proof of the family’s gross yearly income either for the last tax year or the past 12 months (tax forms, pay stubs, etc).
4. Copy of the child’s Medicaid or Chip Insurance, if applicable.
Each enrollment year parents are asked to obtain both a physical and a dental examination for their child, preferably in the summer months, and provide documentation on the examinations. Also, ICS requests that the child have a blood lead test drawn at either age 3 or age 4, but only one year, to help with the national Head Start campaign to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.
Applications are available and may be picked up at any ICS Head Start Center or an interview time scheduled where forms may be completed on site. Staff members are available for assistance. If an interpreter is needed, please call ahead for planning.
When forms are returned, allow time for review by Family Services for completeness. Children are selected by highest need and not by first come, first served. But an earlier application does allow more chance for a complete application and full data entry.
If you need further information you may contact ICS Family Services at our administrative offices at 160 West Valley Street, Holly Springs, or call (662) 252-1582/1583, ext. 139, 104, 102, 161, 164 or for Golden Triangle parents call the Columbus office (662) 329-4820, ext. 23 or 24.
Parents of all age eligible children are encouraged to apply. Although low wealth income families may be given preference for selection, Head Start is a wonderful program for all participating children.
Complete the application in order to give your child the best chance for selection. Parents of children with special needs are highly encouraged to apply. Toilet training is not required.
Children with diagnosed disabilities may be able to enter Head Start earlier than other children. ICS uses bus routes. Bus transportation may be limited. When completing an application ask the local center irector for referral and coordination assistance on transportation plans.
ICS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability or homelessness. Serving Clay, DeSoto, Grenada, Lafayette, Lowndes, Marshall, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties.
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