Our Mission Statement
Parents, staff and community working together to achieve common goals to reach higher levels of accomplishment for a better future.
Our Vision Statement
We strive to provide a strength based, comprehensive early childhood development program to families by working with other agencies and programs serving expectant parents and children under age three. We deliver high quality services to participants in meeting the educational, emotional, social, and medical needs of the children and families we serve. We encourage the development of the children, parents, program staff, and community. We believe that meaningful participation of parents and community is essential for our program to be dynamic and responsive in promoting a better future for the community as a whole.
MODOC EARLY HEAD START is a federally (US Department of Health and Human Services) funded program administered by Modoc County Office of Education. Originally funded in 1998, MCOE provides Early Head Start services throughout Modoc County and bordering sections of Siskiyou County. Services are provided from two Family Development Centers: in Alturas at 901 N East ‘A’ Street, and in Tulelake at 765 Main Street.
Using a home-based approach, the program is funded to serve 104 eligible children 0 to 3 years of age and pregnant women. Anyone may apply for Early Head Start services; however, low-income families and children with special needs have priority for enrollment.
The four cornerstones for Early Head Start are: 1) child development, 2) family development, 3) staff development and 4) community building. The main objectives are: enhancing children’s growth and development, strengthening families as primary nurtures of their children, and enhancing parent-child relationships.
Individualized family partnership agreements are developed with families and children. Families are linked to comprehensive community services in order to meet their personal goals and self-sufficiency needs. Children are provided with age-appropriate curricular experiences and individualized educational, health and nutritional services.
Program Director, Alice Lybarger, Program Managers, Family Support Workers, Health, Nutrition, Disabilities and Prenatal Specialists, various support staff and contracted consultants provide the comprehensive services required by the federal regulations. (Please see the organizational structure chart below.)