Early Childhood Education

Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded school readiness program for preschool children ages 3-5 years, from families that meet income guidelines based on 100% of the federal poverty guidelines, are foster children, are homeless or receiving public assistance. Ten percent of enrollment slots are available for children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. NOCAC Head Start provides Center and Home Based services to 397 children in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties from September through May.

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Making a Difference – In-kind Contributions

“In-kind” is donated volunteer time, space or services provided by parents and the community. Cash donations may also be donated to the program as “in-kind”. When you volunteer with Head Start, you are truly giving back to your community because without this in-kind match, Head Start cannot obtain federal funding to operate.

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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is an Ohio Department of Education funded school readiness program for 4-5 year olds, offered through a few public school districts in northwest Ohio. The ECE classrooms follow the Head Start program model.  Dependent on family income, a fee may apply.

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Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission provides many educational training opportunities for the continued growth, learning, and advancement of childhood professionals in Ohio. Topics that are covered include childhood development, communicable diseases, CPR and First Aid, and child abuse and neglect sessions.   For more information, please view the current schedule.

Application Information

Head Start Application

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Links to Related Services

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