Program prepares children for school

The Child Focus Inc. initiative known as Head Start is a comprehensive nationally recognized government school-readiness program for all income eligible children who live in Clermont County and in its surrounding areas.

Head Start, which maintains a visible presence in every one of the county’s school districts, currently has 600 kids enrolled in the program. Each enrolled child, aged 0-5, gets individual attention with a focus on critical language development and literacy skills, reading and letter recognition, comprehension, math and sciences, and creative arts projects.

“We want all of our children to be ready for kindergarten,” said Berta Velilla, Director of the Child Focus Early Childhood Division. “There are others, but the primary goal of Head Start is to, from the very beginning, create a wonderful and stimulating foundation which assures a successful future for the bright young children that we work with.”