Our mission at Kids’ Corps, Inc. is to provide a head start to families with children who need it most. We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization and Anchorage United Way partner organization that provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and their families. Our primary goal is to provide a high quality, comprehensive program to children and families which promotes sound intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth.
Incorporated in 1987, Kids’ Corps became a Head Start grantee funded to serve 133 low income children and their families in 1990. Since then our enrollment has grown to 330 children.
What is Head Start?
Adapted from the National Head Start Association.
The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach his or her full potential.
Children enter Head Start with serious socioeconomic disadvantages that can hold them back for life. Head Start programs like ours, supported by years of research and guided by high standards, understand how children learn and what practices support healthy development.
The Whole Family—A “Two Generation” Approach to Alleviating Poverty
Head Start supports families facing difficult circumstances and seeks to mitigate obstacles to learning in the early years. By helping families who might be struggling with poverty and other socio-economic challenges achieve their goals for education, employment, and housing, Head Start plays a transformative role across two generations.
What are the Components of a Head Start Program?
KCI’s Head Start program takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to our Head Start:
- Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children develop language and literacy skills and grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
- Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
- Parent Involvement: Involving parents as volunteers, adult learners and leaders who plan and implement activities and provide program oversight and governance.
- Family Services: Providing outreach to families to strengthen them as the primary nurturers of their children and to link them to community services they need.
We are proud to stand with the more than 1,700 Head Start grantees across the country who help provide high-quality, comprehensive services to nearly 1 million children and families in need.
- National Head Start Association
- The Office of Head Start – an exceptionally informative website
- Alaska Head Start Association
- Alaska Head Start Association Brochure