The Early Childhood Education program promotes school readiness and parental engagement by enhancing the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social and emotional development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children, from the ages 0-5 years old and their families. These services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage encouraging the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. The program builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and community.

Services include:

  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood education services utilizing an evidenced based curriculum in a school campus or center-based setting.
  • Nutritional services.
  • Assistance in obtaining health services (medical and dental).
  • Mental well-being.
  • Services for children with disabilities.
  • Parent, family and community engagement opportunities.

 

REPORTS
Early Head Start & Head Start Annual Report 2016-2017
Early Head Start Child Care Partnership/Head Start Annual Report 2015-2016
Head Start Annual Report 2013-2014

OUR HEAD START program promotes school readiness by enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. These services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. The program builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being and connections to peers and community.

Family Service is a non-profit organization and the Head Start program serves a funded enrollment of 1,610 age and income eligible children and families as a Head Start Grantee in San Antonio, Texas. Services are provided in three school districts:

  • Judson ISD
  • North East ISD
  • Northside ISD

Services are also provided at four satellite sites and one Charter School:

  • George Gervin Academy Charter School
  • Live Oak
  • Lackland Head Start
  • Pilgrim Head Start
  • Rhapsody

Our commitment is to provide high quality comprehensive early childhood education and family support services to empower families and their children to reach their full potential while strengthening the community.

Services offered include:

  • Developmentally appropriate early childhood education services utilizing an evidenced based curriculum in a school campus or center-based setting.
  • Nutrition services.
  • Assistance in obtaining health services (medical and dental).
  • Mental wellness.
  • Services for children with disabilities.
  • Parent, family and community engagement opportunities.

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Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership is a new opportunity to support the partnering of Early Head Start Programs with Child Care Providers to expand the number of quality slots for infants and toddlers in San Antonio. Through partnership, Early Head Start grantees partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet early Head Start Program Performance Standards and Regulations and provide high-quality comprehensive, full-day, full year services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

The program provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services that enhances the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children. In addition, services provide young children ages birth to 36 months, with an array of comprehensive services including health, nutritional, behavioral, and family services. Family Service Early Head Start Child Care Partnership is building relationships and has partnered with Northside Independent School District and YMCA-Haven for Hope and will serve 140 infants and toddlers who qualify for services.

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Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Locations    
Boone6614 Spring Time Dr.San Antonio78249210-397-1494
Growing Tree5671 Grissom Rd.San Antonio78238210-397-8959
Haven for Hope600 LealSan Antonio78207210-596-0087
Lackland Village1739 SW Loop 410 #301San Antonio78227210-673-3762

If you are interested in applying for Head Start or Early Start Child Care Partnership programs, click HERE to being the application process.

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Confronting child abuse in our community

Child abuse is happening in every state throughout our country. All you have to do is turn on your TV and you’ll probably see another news report on the latest child abuse case, once again making headlines. It’s extremely disturbing to hear the horrors of child abuse happening in our country and in our own neighborhoods. And when it hits home, it should become a community’s top priority to find ways of putting a stop to it. That’s why Family Service is working closely with San Antonio City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales of District 5, where the numbers of child abuse reported cases is especially prevalent, and is also one of the most economically distressed parts of the city.

The statistics are staggering. In 2017, San Antonio had the third highest rate of reported child abuse cases in Texas. A total of 5,588 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in San Antonio. Of those 5,588, over 30% were in the city’s West side, specifically within the 78207 and 78228 zip code areas, according to the Texas Department of Family Protective Services.

Because of Councilwoman Gonzales’s concern over the alarming numbers of child abuse cases in the city’s Westside, she began to work on confronting the problem head on. Councilwoman Gonzales received the support from City Council members to develop a unique pilot program that will help reduce the number of child abuse incidences in her district. Councilwoman Gonzales, along with Family Service Association, has developed the Promotoras Child Abuse Prevention Program. The pilot uses a peer-to-peer mentor model, allowing trained community members known as Promotoras, also parents in the same targeted zip code areas, to provide valuable in-home healthcare education to at-risk families. The goal is to increase parental and child nurturing skills to ensure the health and safety of children, and ultimately to strengthen and empower families.

We also hope to help families improve their financial outcomes through job training and education. The program will utilize multiple approaches that have proven to be successful in improving the well-being, financial, and medical conditions of low-income children.

In November 2017, Family Service Association reached out to the Westside community by inviting residents in the 78207 zip code area to attend Community Health Worker classes, held at the Westside Education Training Center. The grant, initiated by Councilwoman Gonzales, allowed for ten residents in the 78207 zip code area, to participate in the Promotoras Program. Since then, the ten participants have completed their required certification hours, and have recently walked across the stage to receive their hard earned diplomas.

In addition, Family Service Association offered a Nurturing Training Curriculum, also completed by the Promotoras. The organization was able to hire four of the ten Promotoras, who will soon be working closely with targeted at-risk populations. The other six have also been employed by area organizations. And because the Promotoras live in the same zip code area, and for some, have experienced domestic violence or similar situations themselves, families will be more comfortable sharing their life challenges with them.

The program has given the Promotoras a unique opportunity to help their own community. Some of them are young mothers themselves and understand how stressful it can be to raise a child with little resources. The Promotoras will serve as a valuable resource to young families. Ultimately, it’s about neighbors helping neighbors, in an effort to reduce child abuse in our community. And, we must start with one neighborhood at a time.

Family Service Association hopes to see improved home environments within the next two years of the pilot. Program partners include the University of Texas at San Antonio to evaluate the success of the program over a two year period, and the Westside Education Training Center to train and certify the community Promotoras.

To learn more about the Promotoras Pilot Program, please call 210-431-7566. If you find yourself struggling with family issues and need to talk to a counselor, please call Family Service at 210-299-2400.

If you suspect child abuse or need to report child abuse, please call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

Rivard Report: Promotoras Share Lessons in Child Abuse Prevention from a Place of Trust

Video: Promotoras grassroots approach to child abuse prevention

Mary E. Garr, For the Express-News: Promotoras — a pilot program to help end child abuse

Promotoras — a pilot program to help end child abuse

Family Service Association is committed to helping reduce the number of child abuse cases in San Antonio. One way we’re doing that is through a unique pilot program called Promotoras.

By Mary E. Garr – President/CEO, Family Service Association of San Antonio
May 11, 2018

Promotoras – a pilot program to help end child abuse

Updated 11:18 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 When a child is born, it’s usually a time of celebration for the happy couple and family. But sadly and too often, some children begin their lives in abusive homes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child born in this world could grow up in a happy, healthy and safe environment?