Agency for Community EmPOWERment of NEPA

123 Wyoming Ave Suite 311 Scranton, PA 18503


8:00 a.m. to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

Executive Director: Jim Wansacz Contact Person: Cindy Johnson, Volunteer Services x2262

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income ages birth through five year olds. It provides children with a developmentally appropriate early childhood education. The program ensures that young children get health checkups and treatment, oral health screenings, and that they are fed a nutritious hot meal every day. It is operated by local agencies in every county in Pennsylvania. Head Start is unique in its comprehensive approach to the needs of children and families, which adheres to federally designated standards. In Head Start, teachers work with children, and their families, to help them gain the skills needed to succeed in school- both academically and socially. The program offers comprehensive health, nutrition, and other family support services including opportunities to learn parenting skills. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences that help them to become self-confident. The Head Start program is supported by federal funds through the Administration of Children, Youth and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services. STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Students can volunteer in the Head Start classrooms in a variety of ways assisting staff in supervising creative play activities for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, helping prepare meals/snacks, organizing shelves, interpreting Headstart materials, etc. Possible virtual opportunity (book reading and activity) TIME COMMITMENT: Flexible Volunteer training is provided at the main office before students are placed in the classroom. Clearances are NOT completed at the expense of the agency but are necessary. *Some centers are within walking distance from the University of Scranton and on COLTS bus routes.

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