The Washington Township Public Schools are pleased to collaborate with Gateway Head Start beginning in 2022-23. Pre-K children of eligible Washington Township families will receive services at the Glassboro Head Start classroom located at 35 Sewell Street in Glassboro, N.J. Transportation to the facility must be provided by the families.
The federally funded program, free to eligible low-income families, offers school readiness programs for children ages 3-5 by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.
The program supports children's growth in:
- language and literacy,
- cognition and general knowledge,
- physical development and health,
- social and emotional development and approaches.
The program supports families by building relationships that sustain:
- family well-being and positive parent-child relationships,
- families as learners and lifelong educators,
- family engagement in transitions,
- family connection to peers and community,
- families as advocates and leaders.
Head Start also provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, including health, nutrition, social and other services, which are determined to be necessary by family needs assessments. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child's and family's ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage.
More than one million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Since 1965, more than 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.
To learn more about local Head Start options, please click here.
To access a flyer for the Gateway Head Start program, please click here.
Please note that Head Start students must be enrolled as Washington Township students through the District's registration portal in order to attend the program.
**Head Start administrators will reach out directly to Washington Township families who meet the program's eligibility requirements.