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Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start
Head Start is a free preschool for eligible families that specializes in the educational and social development of young children age 3-5. Our number one goal is to prepare children for kindergarten. Our curriculum takes into account the importance of social skills and group-work while focusing on the necessary educational skills.

Head Start is available in either one of our centers or in your own home.

The Head Start Home Base option focuses on parents as educators and includes regular home visits by an assigned home visitor who works with families and supports parents in meeting the needs of their young children. Home Base is available anywhere in Washington or Morgan Counties. Our centers offer 3-½ hour classes four days a week and provide transportation where available, breakfast or lunch and a snack. Both of our options provide services for children with disabilities, family nights, parent groups and more.

Head Start teachers are constantly receiving the most current training in childhood education and development. We also work closely with the local school systems on many issues and have an on-going evaluation process that allows the teachers and parents to monitor the child's progress.

Program goals are set for improving the school readiness of children that align with the requirements and expectations of the schools. School readiness goals are the expectations that children's evolvement of language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, approaches towards learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development will improve children's' readiness for kindergarten.

Head Start Locations:

Belpre
Belpre Head Start
2014 Rockland Ave.
Belpre, OH 45714
(740) 423-7120

Chesterhill
Chesterhill Head Start
Little Red Schoolhouse
1757 Mills Street
PO Box 133
Chesterhill, OH 43728
(740) 554-5001

Malta
Play and Learn
320 Main Street
Malta, OH
Mail: PO Box 309
Malta OH 43758
(740) 962-3792

Marietta
The Jane Edwards Head Start Center
205 Phillips Street
Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 373-6016

The Washington County Children's Learning Center
Ewing School
1701 Colegate Drive,
Marietta, Ohio 45750
740-373-3781


New Matamoras
New Matamoras Home Based
501 Main Street
New Matamoras, OH 45767
(740) 865-3814


Early Head Start
Our mission is simple: to enhance the development (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language) of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. We understand that each child is an individual and work with them accordingly. We do this through our preventative health care program, our tracking and screening of your child's progress, a nutritional agenda and more.

We accept children from 6 weeks to 3 years old and also have a full pre-natal program that offers pregnant women various forms of assistance. We can provide a ride to the doctor's office, track the development of you and your baby, and help you prepare for birth and the years after.
Early Head Start is available in either one of our centers or in your own home.

The Early Head Start Home Base option focuses on parents as educators and includes regular home visits by an assigned home visitor who works with families and supports parents in meeting the needs of their young children. Home Base is available anywhere in Washington or Morgan Counties. The Early Head Start classroom is free, full-day, year-round childcare in Marietta for eligible parents working or going to school. We provide lunch and healthy snacks and age-appropriate activities.

Early Head Start Locations:

Marietta
The Jane Edwards Head Start Center
205 Phillips Street
Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 373-6016


Application Information
Enrollment applications for Head Start and Early Head Start are available here online:

Download a Head Start application
(Adobe Acrobat PDF document, 104kb)

Download an Early Head Start application
(Adobe Acrobat PDF document, 92kb)

They can also be picked up at the program locations listed above on this page, or at the main office located at 218 Putnam Street, Marietta.

All programs require income eligibility.


Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio


218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758
(740) 962-3827