The federally funded Region X Head Start Program (RHS) provides preschool services to low-income children 3 to 5 years of age, including children with disabilities. The program's mission is to help children develop in ways that will enable them to enjoy positive experiences and success within the public school system. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences, which help them become self-confident. RHS offers children comprehensive services that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Children receive nutritional assessments and dental care, vision and hearing tests as well.
Parents and children continue to receive high quality/comprehensive services. The Parent Center Committees and Policy Council members that are comprised of parents and community representatives work with key management staff and the Governing Body in developing, reviewing, approving or disapproving policies and procedures that govern the program. Other program parents are actively involved in other ways.
RHS staff actively seeks and encourage parent participation, which allows parents opportunities to become advocated for their children's education during their Head Start experience and beyond. In 2001, RHS served more than 200 children and their families in the communities of Othello, Grandview, Mabton, Sunnyside and Granger.