To provide excellent education and support services to empower children and families to excel in life.
Quality. Head Start strives to consistently provide the highest level of service to children and families. We seek to create a dynamic and cohesive environment that fosters commitment and supports continuous improvement.
Inclusion. Head Start creates a community where each child and adult is treated as an individual while maintaining a sense of belonging to the group. Head Start values, respects, and responds to diversity- in culture, ethnicity, language, and ability.
Empowerment. Head Start believes that people can identify their own needs and interest and are capable of finding solutions and making changes.
Collaboration. Head Start builds relationships among children, families, staff, and the larger community. A network of community agencies and informal networks in partnership serving families.
Learning. Head Start creates for children, parents, and staff a culturally sensitive environment in which enhancing awareness, refining skills, and understanding, are valued and promoted.
Advocacy. Head Start acknowledges that personal responsibility is critical to change, while acknowledging that social and economic factors negatively affect the lives and promise of the children and families. Change occurs at the individual and systems levels and addresses both the symptoms and underlying causes.
Wellness. Head Start embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff that assure that basic health needs are met; encourages practices that prevent future illness or injury; and promotes positive, culturally relevant health behaviors that enhance lifelong well-being.
Nurturing. Head Start supports the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child in context of the child's family and culture.
Diversity. Head Start recognizes and embraces the idea that all members of the Head Start community have roots in many cultures. Head Start families and staff, working together as a team, effectively transform negative responses to promote respectful, sensitive, and proactive approaches to issues within their programs.
Continuity. Head Start strives to create a continuum of care, education, and services to provide stable, uninterrupted support to families and children during the early childhood period beginning with birth through age eight.
MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
632 West 13th Street
Merced, CA 95341