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Child Development Services of Ottawa County

Agency Description
Early Head Start (Center-Based) This center-based program (offered at Holland Day Care) is for children whose parents are working, attending job training or going to school. The first portion of the day is funded through Head Start. The family is responsible for payment of the second portion of the day, but may utilize services such as DHS for tuition assistance. This program is full day, year round, Monday through Friday for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs) with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years.Early Head Start (Home-Based) Weekly visits (lasting approximately 1.5 hours) in your home will focus on: Enjoying your role as a parent, developing skills necessary to enhance your child‚??s development, day to day concerns, and providing you with parenting information and support on behavior management. Socializations are also held twice per month for fun educational activities for the enrolled child and their family. This program is year-round and is free for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs) for pregnant women and children ages 0-3 years.Head Start Wraparound This center-based program (offered at Holland Day Care) is for children whose parents are working, attending job training or going to school. The first portion of the day is funded through Head Start. The family is responsible for payment of the second portion of the day, but may utilize services such as DHS for tuition assistance. This program is full day, year round, Monday through Friday for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs) with children ages 3 to 5 years.Head Start (Center-Based) This half day program is offered at our Maplewood, Rose Park, Coopersville, and Grand Haven sites. Bussing transportation is offered for families who live on the designated bus routes. The half-day classes (AM and PM) last 3.5 hours each, Monday-Thursday during the school-year. This program option is free for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs) with children ages 3 to 5 years.Head Start 7 Hour (Center-Based) This program option is offered at our Maplewood and Rose Park sites in Holland. Classes run Monday-Thursday during the school year. This program is free for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs) with children ages 3 to 5 years.Child Care Services Child Care services are offered at the Holland Day Care (Hope) site for children ages 6 weeks ‚?? 5 years. DHS payments are accepted as well as a sliding fee scale based on income. This program is full day (minimum of 6 hours) Monday-Friday, year-round Since 1966 CDS has been committed to providing the children and families of Ottawa and Northern Allegan counties with services that help them prepare for their future. Our multiple programs feature research-based curricula designed to teach children the learning and social skills they need to achieve kindergarten readiness. All of our teachers are professionally qualified for preschool education and our dedicated staff work hard to provide a safe and culturally sensitive environment.Family Engagement We encourage family engagement within our programs as well as offering volunteering opportunities for parents in the form of positions on the Policy Council, Health Advisory, or Education Advisory committees. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer to help in the classroom or on field trips.Spanish Speaking FamiliesAll of our programs are designed to accommodate Spanish speaking children and families. Many of our staff members are fluent in Spanish including our classroom assistants who can attend to the needs of children raised in Spanish speaking households.
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Opportunity:Head Start and Early Head Start Volunteers

Date:11/05/2015 -

Agency:Child Development Services of Ottawa County

CDS would like to continue to build partnerships with local educational institutes, as well as within other areas of the community.  Opportunities are various, from coming into the center to read a book to the children, helping prepare materials, enhancing our facilities, participating in our family night activities, providing resources for families, and so much more. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. Your efforts will help provide a positive future for children and families in Ottawa County.