OACAC Head Start in Buffalo now is accepting applications for its Head Start program for enrollment beginning in September.

Head Start is a school readiness program that serves children who are 3 to 5 years old. The program helps prepare children and their families for success in school. Children participate in a variety of educational activities. The Head Start program is designed to support the healthy growth and development of children and to support parents in their roles as the child’s first and most important teacher.

Head Start provides the following: medical and dental referrals; preventative health and dental assistance; screening and referrals, including developmental, language, mental health, nutrition and speech; inclusion of children with disabilities; and nutritious meals.

Bus transportation is available based on bus routes and a schedule for a half-day. Transportation assistance also is available for families to attend Head Start activities.

Head Start invites children with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the program.

Full-day, extended day or half-day sessions are available. Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 years old are eligible to apply. Homeless children and children in foster care automatically qualify.

OACAC Head Start is in the 10-county Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. area, including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster counties. Early Head Start is available in some areas.

For more information about Head Start or the application process, go to the website oac.ac, call the local Head Start at (417) 345-2240 or call the central office toll free at (866) 282-3430.

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