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Federal Programs in Charlotte County

Early Childhood Programs

Baker Center
311 East Charlotte Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941-575-5470
Fax 941-575-5474

Principal: Maureen Watts
Family Services Coordinator: Karen James
Disabilities Coordinator: Cleo Presley
Resource Teacher: Jeanine Lalli

Early Head Start - Head Start - VPK

The Early Childhood Programs consist of Early Head Start and Head Start. Our Early Head Start program serves infants to 3 years old, which is housed at the Baker Center in Punta Gorda. Head Start serves three and four-year-old classrooms served at the Baker Center and four-year-old Head Start/Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classrooms at most elementary schools. The Baker Center also has three Pre K ESE classrooms and one Pre K Inclusion class.

Interesting Facts

Our Mission

The mission of the Early Childhood Programs is to provide children and their families with opportunities to build a foundation for success through quality, comprehensive, community and school based early childhood programs.

Early Childhood Program Beliefs

Comprehensive services are necessary for quality

Families are the primary teachers of children

Everyone deserves to be respected, supported
and empowered in his or her roles

Excellence requires community commitment & partnership

Advocacy is a shared responsibility

Application Information

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

All placements are based on the child's age as of September 1, 2013.

Early Head Start and Head Start are BOTH Income-Eligible
TO PROCESS AN APPLICATION YOU MUST BRING:

If child is receiving Speech, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, please bring documentation.

Helpful Links

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland, Inc
http://elcfloridasheartland.org/index.php

Zero To Three
http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage

Florida Department of Children and Families
http://www.myflorida.com/cf_web/

National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncldtalks.org/

The Florida Head Start Association
http://www.fl-hsa.org/


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