Head Start Annual Report

RECAP Head Start Releases Annual Report
Highlights include demographics, program goals, and service area details

Middletown – RECAP’s Western Orange County Head Start announced the release of the program’s 2016 Annual Report. The full-color 23-page book includes a profile of the communities served, proposed budget, expenditures, school readiness goals, and details about parent involvement.

Highlights include kindergarten preparation efforts, job training, and teacher qualifications. Students surpassed GOLD Readiness Benchmarks in all areas including social emotional, physical, literacy and mathematical, language and cognitive areas. The school provides comprehensive services to the entire family, including job training, in which 99 families participated. 100 percent of teachers at the three schools have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

“This report helps the public, lawmakers, and funding sources see the results of the services we provide in our classrooms. We’ve been working hard to give students a head start as they enter kindergarten, and help families reach their goals,“ said Heather Decker, Director of Early Childhood Development, who oversees the three schools in Orange County. The report can be found at www.recap.org.

Schools are accepting applications for the fall school year. The schools, in Middletown, Scotchtown and Port Jervis, offer free federally-funded preschool for children ages 3 and 4 from families who meet income guidelines. Ten percent of enrollment is reserved for children with disabilities including severe disabilities.

Children must be age 3 by December 1, 2017 and family must meet federal income guidelines. Transportation may be available. Interested applicants may call (845) 343-4191 for information or visit www.recap.org to print an application. Prompt enrollment is recommended and families are encouraged to contact staff for assistance.