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FAMILY

SERVICES

 

 

CONTACT US

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TELEPHONE: (207) 338-3827

E-MAIL: dpalmer@waldocap.org

 
 

HEAD START

 

Head Start was created in 1964 to give preschool children a “head start” in formal education. Throughout the decades, Head Start has expanded their services to involve the whole family. Head Start supports families in give different component areas: health, nutrition, education, social services, and parent involvement.

WCAP Head Start serves children ages three to five, four days a week, for 128 days per year. WCHS offers part-time (four hours a day) and full-times (six hours a day) options depending on the needs of the family. Placement is based on a number of criteria; the primary one is family income. There is no fee for WCHS programs.

WHAT IS MY ELIGIBILITY BASED ON?

The Head Start program accepts applications throughout the year for children who will be three or four years old by October 15th of the coming school year. Enrollment is based on income eligibility.

WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?

Head Start staff work closely with families to ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed. Eligible families are presented with access to a wide array of assistance in many areas, including:

  • Housing
  • Energy costs
  • Safety
  • Education
  • Training in parenting
  • Health care
  • Nutrition
  • Socialization
  • Parent involvement
  • Community Involvement
  • Transportation
  • Volunteerism
  • HOW DO I SIGN UP?

    To enroll in Head Start services, contact Debra Palmer at 338-3827 ext. 206 or e-mail dpalmer@waldocap.org to set up an appointment. In order to complete the application at your appointment, you will need to make sure you bring the following information:

  • Income verification
  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Social security cards for all family members
  • Health insurance information
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    EARLY HEAD START

     

    Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers (birth to three-years-old) or expectant families. Its mission is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women; to enhance the development of very young children; and the promote healthy family functioning. Early Head Start services are provided to children and their families primarily through weekly home visits and bi-monthly group socializations. Referrals may be made for family support services.

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

    Early Head Start is currently serving income-eligible families in Belfast, Belmont, Brooks, Frankfort, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Montville, Morrill, Searsmont, Searsport, Swanville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity, Waldo, and Winterport.

    WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?

  • To provide your infant or toddler with the tools they need now to learn and grow into strong, healthy, independent children
  • To meet and talk with other parents and expectant families
  • To obtain easy access to Early Head Starts early childhood development professionals
  • HOW DO I SIGN UP?

    To enroll in Early Head Start services, contact Lori Cunningham at 338-3827 or e-mail lcunningham@waldocap.org to set up an appointment. In order to complete the application at your appointment, you will need to make sure you bring the following information:


  • Income verification
  • Your child’s birth certificate (if still expecting, bring your own birth certificate)
  • Social security cards for all family members
  • Health insurance information
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    CAR SEAT PROGRAM

     

    WCAP has two programs to help ensure that your child is riding safely in the car; the Fitting Station Program and the Child Seat Voucher Program. Children 40-80 pounds should be in a booster seat (high back if possible). Old or used car seats are not safe!

    WHAT IS THE FITTING STATION PROGRAM?

    Car seat safety checks are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Belfast Fire Department from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There is no income guideline for this program and seats are checked on a first-come, first-served basis.

    WHAT IS THE CHILD SEAT VOUCHER PROGRAM?

    WCAP has free car seats available for children who need a car seat or booster seat and whose family meets the income guidelines.

    HOW DO I GET A CAR SEAT?

    Contact WCAP’s receptionist at 338-6809 to set up an appointment.

    WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT BORN YET?

    If the child is not yet born, set up your appointment one month before your predicted due date. If you have set up an appointment and you have your baby early, contact Dawn Bryant at 338-3827 ext. 211 or e-mail dbryant@waldocap.org.

     

    CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

     

    The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program to help child care providers offer healthy, nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care in support of healthy growth and development. Reimbursement is given to sponsored child care providers for meals served to children in their care.

    HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD CARE HOME?

    If you are a child care provider in Waldo County and you would like to enroll your child care home in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, contact Cherie Merrill, Nutrition Coordinator, at 338-3827 ext. 202 or e-mail cmerrill@waldocap.org.

    WCAP

    9 Field Street, P.O. Box 130
    Belfast, Maine 04915
    Phone: (207) 338-6809