Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas actively recruits children and families to ensure that every slot is filled as soon as possible, and within 30 days of becoming available; 10% of slots are made available to children with disabilities; and the neediest families are served ensuring that no more than 10% of slots are occupied by over-income children. Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas determines the eligibility of children based on the age of the child and the family income eligibility or categorical eligibility as defined in the Head Start Performance Standards and the Federal Poverty Guidelines posted by the Federal Government in the Federal Register. Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas uses a consistent process to define, approve and implement a set of selection criteria that are in alignment with all Head Start Program Performance Standards and the program’s Community Needs Assessment, and ensure we are providing services to children and families most in need and also that considers the income of eligible families, the age of the child, and the availability of kindergarten or first grade in our community. We are committed to maintaining full enrollment as well as ensuring that children and families enrolled in all program options are receiving the full benefit of our services. For these reasons, we closely monitor attendance and absenteeism and implement any necessary steps to address problems on the individual, classroom or program level.
Transition is largely a process of building relationships: launching a home-school partnership that will start when the family applies for the program and will continue throughout a family’s enrollment; the home visits, parent conferences, and every day interactions and communications strengthening parents’ role as both teacher of and advocates for their children. Transition is also an ongoing process to ensure that children and families have appropriate information and support whenever there is a change in a child’s placement. A central goal of transition planning is to involve and empower parents, to ensure their comfort and capacity to advocate for their children in the next service setting. In addition, transition procedures should ensure a smooth transfer of all necessary information and records between current and future placements.
Parents are given the opportunity to participate in program governance (Policy Council), parent committees, advisory committees, and/or agency-wide Board of Directors. To this end, parents are provided training to empower them and strengthen their abilities to participate in such groups and feel confident in becoming leaders and advocates in the program and in the community as a whole.
ERSEA & Family Services Coordinator
(512) 396-3395 Ext. 203