About Head Start

Head Start is a child development program designed for three to five-year-old children from low-income families with the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty. The Head Start approach involves including the parent as the child’s primary educator and getting the entire family and community involved. Since 1965, Head Start has been helping meet children’s needs by offering the following services:

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  • Health—Medical and dental health screening and follow-up is designed to help children feel their best.
  • Nutrition—Head Start serves a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack and promotes nutrition awareness to help children build strong bodies.
  • Parent Involvement/Social Services–Families, whose basic needs are met and who are involved in the lives of their children, provide their children with a wonderful head start in life!
  • Education—Our program is designed to meet the social/emotional, intellectual, language and physical needs of children
  • Disabilities—Our program is enriched with the presence of others with disabilities.  At least 10% of the children in our program have disabilities.
  • Mental Health—We contract with a licensed psychologist, our Healthy Living Counselor to provide services to children, families, and staff.
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Head Start Central Office Contact Information

Phone: 573-454-2200
Fax: 573-431-2129
Online Application
Renee Killian, x1118
Deputy Director:
Jan Cooley, x1116
Training Specialist:
Bobbie Osia, x1119
Administrative Assistant/Fiscal Regulator/Computer Specialist:
Courtney Laramore, x1112
Health Specialist/Disabilities:
Marilyn Gibson, x1115
Nutrition Specialist:
Cecila Crawford, x1139
Parent Involvement /
Social Services Specialist:
Heather Kozicky, x1158
Education/Mental Health Specialist:
Leah Hutchings, x1145
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Wall Helps Kids Learn to Read

Kim incorporates literacy into a discussion of classroom rules as she points to pictures and words on the Classroom Rules chart. Other literacy props:

  • Children have a visual literacy reminder to STOP at the door.
  • ‘Reading’ the Daily Schedule helps preschoolers keep track of time, with a clock as an aid to the adults, and a few of the older children.

To the right of Kim is an alphabet—with sign language letters. Many letter signs help children kinesthetically remember how to make alphabet letters.

group of kids singing songs

Learning Sign Language

Here children are signing ‘Good Morning.’ This class is one of several in our agency that is incorporating sign language as part of their curriculum.