The PCA Head Start program has operated under a Congressional mandate since 1972 to make a minimum of 10% of its enrollment opportunities available to children with disabilities. The program serves children in integrated developmentally appropriate environments.
The Disabilities Service Plan and written Head Start/School District Memorandum of Agreement’s describe a variety of strategies for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities.
Children meeting disabilities eligibility criteria and enrolled in PCA’s Head Start, receive the full range of health, dental, nutritional, developmental, parent involvement, and social services. Head Start has a specific mandate to recruit and enroll income-eligible children and children with disabilities who are most in need of services. This includes children with severe disabilities. Head Start coordinates with the Local Education Agency’s (LEA) and other groups to benefit children with disabilities and their families. Head Start is committed to providing financial support for children with disabilities in order to meet their special needs. Services will be provided in full, either directly or by a combination of Head Start funds and other resources.