Head Start

Lewis County Head Start is a child focused, family centered early learning program. We offer enjoyable and exciting educational opportunities for eligible 3-5 years old children throughout Lewis County.  Located in 4 centers in Centralia, Chehalis, Toledo, and Salkum we provide a safe environment for children to learn and develop crucial skills before they transition into the next stage of their lives.  We are also able to provide transportation within our established bus routes.

We partner with parents and the community to enhance and develop the social/emotional and school readiness skills of children and the self sufficiency of families.

Reliable Enterprises is the Grantee Agency for Lewis County Head Start (LCHS). As the grantee, Reliable Enterprises has legal and fiscal responsibility for LCHS.

Linking Community, Home, and School, children in this program:

  • Practice important social skills.
  • Learn problem solving and self help skills, which is really learning to learn.
  • Meals that provide 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirement.
  • Become wonderfully self sufficient and independent.
  • Gain appropriate pre kindergarten skills in language, literacy and basic math.
  • Develop friendships.
  • Enjoy good books, music, fitness, art and dramatic play every day.
  • Have hearing, vision, dental, and developmental screenings.
  • Become ready to take on the world!

Parent involvement includes the following:

  • Participate in making decisions about their child’s education.
  • Are welcome in the classroom at all times.
  • Have the opportunity to develop job skills through volunteering in the program.
  • Have the chance to develop leadership skills through program planning.
  • Have the support of staff to access community resources.
  • Regularly discuss child’s progress & goals with the teacher.

This is what Lewis County Head Start means to parents and their children:

 

  • “Because of you, Eathan can almost write his whole name and now knows all the letters in his name.” Twin Cities Center Parent
  • “I love this program! My son has learned so much. I tell everyone who has kids, about you guys and how much better you are!” Twin Cities Center Parent
  • “All three of my kids attended Head Start and they all loved it! It really has prepared them for Kindergarten so much!” Centralia Parent
  • “When my family was facing homelessness, the staff provided information for housing resources and transportation. They have above and beyond helping us. THANK YOU!” Centralia Parent
  • “The staff at Toledo Head Start has been extremely helpful. I feel they have both of my children’s interest at heart and has helped me become a better parent.” Toledo Parent
  • “I appreciate the level of enthusiasm and good natured classroom teachers Jen and James provided this year. Great combination of teachers. I feel very satisfied with my twin’s education and preparedness for kindergarten.” Twin Cities Parent