To apply call:

Adams County

Berne:
Michele: (260) 589-3002
Decatur:
Michele: (260) 724-4404

Blackford County

Hartford City 1 & 2:
Kim: (765) 348-5269
Hartford 3:
Nikki: (765) 348-1454
Montpelier:
Nikki: (765) 728-5583

Huntington County

Huntington 1-3:
Heather: (260) 356-3890 or (260) 356-0995
Huntington 4:
Angela: (260) 356-3890 or (260) 356-0995

Jay County

Portland & Dunkirk:
Krista: (260) 726-6338

Randolph County

Lynn:
Lindy: (765) 874-2575
Union City:
Betty: (765) 964-7770
Winchester:
Betty: (765) 584-1250 ext 102

Wells County

Bluffton:
Angela: (260) 353-1830

Head Start

Program Description and Mission 

Community and Family Services (CFS), Head Start in Portland, Indiana is a federally funded program for preschool age children from low-income families. CFS Head Start provides services free of charge in Adams, Blackford, Huntington, Jay, Randolph and Wells counties.  

Head Start not only provides a successful preschool program and kindergarten readiness, but also provides health and nutrition services, and supports services to parents and families. CFS Head Start wants to help children and their families succeed.  

Head Start provides wide-based curriculum. Children participate in a variety of activities. CFS Head Start teaches in ways that are engaging, meaningful, and adaptable to a variety of styles. We're prepared to meet the educational needs of all children including those with disabilities.

Our mission at Head Start is to encourage eligible 3-5 year old children and their families to experience growth, using a variety of comprehensive services and dedicated professional staff. We will strive to build self-esteem, academics and social skills, remembering that all people are unique and special.

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Enrollment Information

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age that would benefit from a preschool experience please contact the center nearest you to make an appointment to meet with our Family Support Specialist to complete an application. A family must fall into the following income guidelines.

Head Start Family Income Guidelines for 2015

Family Involvement

Family Involvement is a big part of Head Start. Head Start staff are here to help the families become a part of their child's education and to help and support the families to reach their goals in life.

Some ways a family can get involved in their child's education are listed below.

Teachers can always use help:

  • Making children's name tags
  • With bulletin boards
  • Making children's games
  • Gathering supplies, dress-up clothes, etc
  • With many other activities
  • Helping with classroom development

During class time you can:

  • Read to the children
  • Play with the children
  • Paint with them
  • Help with a puzzle
  • Help a child write a book
  • Build a bond with a child
  • Teach them to brush their teeth
  • Help in many more ways
  • Share your knowledge, humor and smiles

Parents are encouraged to attend Parent/Staff Conferences to discuss their child's progress and learning goals.

Parents can participate in Home Visits with the staff to learn ways they can help their child progress.

Parents can also volunteer to be a member of the Policy Council to advocate for the children and the Head Start Program.