Welcome to Head Start!
Head Start provides a variety of family services to help your child excel in school
What is Head Start?
Head Start is a program for low-income families designed to prepare children, ages 5 and under, to attend school and excel there. Head Start will help your family by addressing any health needs, connecting you to social programs and providing education services so that the whole family will enjoy a successful school experience.
Where is Head Start?
Wichita Falls Independent School District operates three Head Start campuses in Wichita Falls for 3-year-old children:
Farris Early Childhood Center located at 710 Burkburnett
Northwest Head Start located at 2310 Seymour Highway
Rosewood Head Start located at 503 N. Rosewood Ave
How do the three local Head Start centers compare?
Farris is the largest center, serving 220 students in 2015. This center has the smallest percentage of English Language Learners at nearly 8 percent.
Rosewood is the second largest center, serving 102 students in 2015. This campus has twice as many English Language Learners, at 16 percent, as Farris.
Northwest is the smallest Head Start campus with 51 students enrolled in 2015. It has the highest percentage – 26 percent – of English Language Learners.
Where do 4-year-olds attend Head Start?
When a child turns 4, he will attend a pre-K class at one of five WFISD elementary campuses. Currently, two pre-K classes are underway at Brook Village and one pre-K class operates at Cunningham Elementary.
How many children attend Head Start in Wichita Falls?
WFISD serves 400 students in its Head Start program.
Who directs WFISD’s Head Start?
Head Start Principal is Shannon Cunningham. Contact her at (940) 235-4302 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long has Head Start been helping low-income families?
Head Start was launched nationally in 1965 during the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency and has served 32 million children and their families since then. The Head Start Act of 1981 expanded the program. It was revised again in 2007. Head Start has become the nation's longest running program to address poverty issues that plague many American families.