Tri-County Head Start About Us  
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Getting to know Tri-County Head Start “Project Head Start” was first established in 1965 under the Lyndon B. Johnson administration to help break the cycle of poverty. Early research reflected positive outcomes for low-income families with access to comprehensive preschool programs. The Durango 4-C Council is the Head Start grantee for our corner of SW Colorado. Tri-County Head Start is one of the programs that the Council is responsible to oversee and maintain. The Board of Directors for the Council, combined with the Tri-County Head Start Policy Council provides Governance for the program. Tri-County Head Start staffs and operates 7 locations throughout our service area which includes: o 11 Head Start (Preschool) Classrooms for Children ages 3-5. o 8 Early Head Start Classrooms for Children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Tri-County Head Start also has Community Partnerships to provide Preschool Services for Head Start Children in 3 additional locations: o Mancos Early Learning Center - operated by the Mancos School District o Teddy Bear Preschool - operated by the Dolores School District o Tree House Early Learning Center - operated by the Pinon Project
Mission Statement: “The mission of TCHS/QECP is to develop and provide quality, integrated, comprehensive early childhood development programs which offer a broad range of services and respond to the needs of eligible young children and their families for the purpose of preparing them for success in school and life.”
Purpose and Philosophy: Tri-County Head Start is an early childhood program for eligible children.  In addition to early childhood education, the program focus includes child health, assistance to children with disabilities, parent involvement, and family services. Our Overall goal is to prepare children (and their families) for success in school.
Throughout the year, the Tri County Head Start program serves over 300 children, with additional services for families. Each Head Start classroom includes at least one certified teacher and qualified teacher aide that deliver proven- effective curriculum. Health services including nutritional assessments and vision/hearing screenings for all children are delivered by Registered Nurses. A Disabilities Specialist ensures all special services are accessible to families at no cost for children with special needs. Ongoing family support services are available through home visits and are offered year round including affordable housing assistance, and referral to insurance applications and liaison with Human Services.