Head Start is a federally funded program requiring a minimum of 85% average daily attendance, which is equivalent to one absence a month per child. Attendance is analyzed on a monthly basis to ensure each child is regularly attending.
Parents need to ensure that their child attended and arrived to the center every day on time. Children who attend our program daily and on time experience better outcomes than those children who attend only occasionally. Staff will monitor attendance everyday via the sign in sheet. Please contact the center as early as possible if your child will be absent or late that day.
If a child is absent four consecutive times, the Case Manager will initiate family support to include home visits or other direct contact with the child’s parent/guardian. In circumstances where the child cannot establish regular attendance (chronic or sporadic absences), and it does not seem feasible to include the child in either the same or different program option (home based), the child will be dropped from the program. In this instance, another child will be given the opportunity to enroll.
If a child is dropped from the program and the parent wishes to re-enroll, the child’s name will go on the Head Start waitlist and will be considered for enrollment if and when a vacancy occurs.
If there is a planned absence (scheduled vacation or family visit) or even an extended emergency absence (hospitalization, etc.) it is the responsibility of the parent to contact their site to discuss the situation in order to establish an expected return date and maintain the child’s enrollment.
If the child does not attend on the expected return date, the child’s slot may become a vacancy.
It is essential that parents/guardians pick their children up on time from the Head Start program. If an emergency occurs, parents/guardians should call the center and inform the staff of the emergency, and provide a time when a parent/guardian or person from the ‘Authorized Persons List’ will be able to pick up the child.