About Us

The City of San Antonio Head Start Program provides comprehensive services, including full-day early childhood education, for children, six weeks to five years old, and their families through home-based and center-based services located throughout Edgewood ISD and San Antonio ISD.

Mission

Preparing children and engaging families for school readiness and life-long success.

Vision

For every child and every family, the best Head Start Services every day.

History

The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services (DHS) has served as the Head Start grantee for the San Antonio area for over 40 years. Over this time, our direct service providers have changed but the fundamental mission of the program has remained the same. The DHS Head Start Program provides high-quality early childhood education and family support services that promote school readiness and success in life.

Two education service providers operate direct Head Start services in numerous center locations throughout the Edgewood and San Antonio Independent School Districts. In 2015, the Department of Human Services began providing Early Head Start services. Six local child care centers provide Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership services and Edgewood ISD provides Early Head Start and Home-based services. The program partners with additional support service providers to deliver medical, dental, and mental wellness services to children and families.

Program Governance

City Council

The Head Start Policy Council authorized by the San Antonio City Council, in accordance with Head Start Federal Regulations, acts as part of the official governing body for the City of San Antonio Head Start Program. In this role, they share responsibility with the San Antonio City Council, Economic and Workforce Development Committee of the City Council, and the Bexar County Community Action Advisory Board for program oversight, shared decision-making and general policy making.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg

District 1 Mario Bravo
District 2 Jalen McKee-Rodriguez
District 3 Phyliss Viagran
District 4 Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia
District 5  Teri Castillo

District 6 Melissa Cabello Havrda
District 7 Ana Sandoval
District 8 Manny Peláez
District 9 John Courage
District 10 Clayton Perry

2021-22 Head Start Policy Council

The Council includes elected parent members of children currently enrolled in the Head Start program and community representatives elected by parent members of the Head Start Policy Council. Meetings are open to the public and happen the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at 1227 Brady Blvd San Antonio, TX 78207

MEETING PACKETS

SAN ANTONIO ISD

Angelique Aime
Dorothy Lara
Josefina Macias
Naomi Castellanos
*Janice Garcia
*Joe Betty Garcia
*George Gilbert Ramos
*Melinda Pina
 

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES

Noel Cortez
Tina Satpathy

EDGEWOOD ISD

Jessica Ruiz
Elena Araceli Martinez
*Rebeca Anguiano

 

EHS-CCP

Barbara Pircher
Heather Halton
*Melissa Garza
*Marisela Sanchez

EHS

Alexis Mercado- Flores
*Abel Garcia

*Alternate

2020 Annual Report

Reports & Information

Annual Reports

Community Assessment

Surveys

SCHOOL READINESS GOALS

The Office of Head Start requires programs to establish school readiness goals. In June 2016, the City of San Antonio Head Start Program held its first annual School Readiness Summit. The focus of the School Readiness Summit was to continue to build a birth to five continuum and develop a set of school readiness goals for the entire program. The School Readiness Summit team included grantee staff, teachers, site administrators, child care staff, community members, and parents/ guardians. In July 2017, the team revised the school readiness goals for each of the five central domains and created a set of School Readiness Goals for the program, birth – five years old. In the Spring of 2019, the Education Advisory Committee and Head Start Policy Council approved the program school readiness goals for the duration of the grant period.

Policies & Guidance

Head Start

DISABILITIES
EDUCATION
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY
ERSEA
FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT
FISCAL MANAGEMENT
HEALTH SERVICES
WELLNESS SUPPORT
NUTRITION SERVICES
PROGRAM DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
TRANSPORTATION

Early Head Start

DISABILITIES
EDUCATION
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY
ERSEA
FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT
FISCAL MANAGEMENT
HEALTH SERVICES
WELLNESS SUPPORT
NUTRITION SERVICES
PROGRAM DESIGN & MANAGEMENT
TRANSPORTATION
HOME-BASED