Guam Head Start Program

Guam Head Start Program

Phone: 1-671-475-0484
Fax: 1-671-477-1535
Types of Services Offered: Information & Referral, Education & Training, Public Assistance Services
Category: Government Local

Program Information

The Guam Head Start Program provides comprehensive services to 534 children ages 3 – 5 and their families, with priority given to preschoolers who will be entering Kindergarten next year. The Head Start Program is under the Guam Department of Education and the Head Start Classrooms or Centers are part of most Elementary schools in Guam. See the Head Start Center Listing to check which school have a Head Start Center for this School Year.
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is the grantee for the program. Health and Human Services, Administration for Children Youth and Families, Office of Head Start program provides the majority of the funding with the Department of Education ensuring a level of effort of 20% of the grant award.
The Guam Education Policy Board (GEPB) is the Governing Body for the program and works with the Parent Policy Council in shared decision making and discussion in the planning of the program.


Guam Head Start Philosophy:

The Guam Department of Education Head Start Program strives to provide comprehensive services for eligible children and families. The more knowledge and understanding the families have regarding issues and concerns, the better they can advocate for themselves and their families.


Guam Head Start Vision:

All children and families will receive services respectful of their differences, which allow them to reach and go beyond their life goals and become stronger voices for their families, their children, and themselves. (May 2017)


Guam Head Start Program Goals and Objectives:

Goal I: The program will strengthen its educational services to maximize the school readiness potential of children for kindergarten.
  • Objective 1: Each year the program will at least meet the average CLASS scores in the three domains and each dimension based on the previous year’s OHS findings as a means to measure classroom (teacher / child Interactions) quality.
    • Objective 1a: In the areas where the program met or exceeded the national average the program will not fall below the national average.
    • Objective 1b: Instructional support scores will improve and meet or exceed the national average each year.
    • Objective 1c: Classroom Organization scores will improve to meet or exceed the national average each year.
  • Objective 2: All teaching staff will meet a minimum of 40 hours of professional development provided by the program. Of the 40 hours of professional development, 15 hours will focus on strategies specific to the improvement in the two lowest domains within Teaching Strategies Gold Kindergarten Readiness Indicators that fall below the 85–90% readiness by the end of the previous school year.
Goal II: Families will increase their knowledge of positive parenting skills to promote their children’s development and reduce parental stress.
  • Objective 1: The program will provide at least 15 workshops each year that address parenting skills, child development or parental stress.
  • Objective 2: At a minimum, 40% of parents each year will attend at least one parent workshop offered on parenting skills, child development or parental stress. The percentage of parents attending will increase by 5% each year with at least 50% of parents attending by year five.
  • Objective 3: Family Partnership Agreements related to the family engagement outcomes Family Well-Being, Positive Parent-Child Relationships and Families of Lifelong Educators will have a 75% completion rate each year.
Goal III: Fiscal Goal: The grantee management, the business office and governing bodies will be active participants in the program’s ongoing fiscal planning to ensure sufficient funds to operate the program effectively.
  • Objective 1: There will be at least two work sessions a program year with at least one representative from the grantee management, financial office and governing body that focus on planning of the Head Start local and federal budget and grant application process.

A Comprehensive Child Development Program

Head Start programs promote the school readiness of preschool children from age three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Head Start supports children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through comprehensive program services in the areas of Education and Child DevelopmentHealth, and Family and Community Engagement.

Head Start operates under detailed federal regulations and program performance standards to ensure quality, comprehensive services in all areas.This is done through a system of Program Management and Quality Improvement which includes a formal structure of Program Governance that ensures the collaboration of the governing body and policy council.

Additional information on Head Start can be found at the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).


Head Start Advantage Documentary

This 18-minute documentary film explores the lives of Head Start children, parents, teachers, and alumni working to envision and create a better world for all Americans. Watch the film and you’ll get to know Head Start families throughout the country and see first-hand how the program has given more than 33 million Americans a head start on their education.
In the film, we meet Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Sylvia Acevedo, Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of America, and Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, all Head Start alumni and lifelong advocates for the program. Collectively, they paint a moving picture of Head Start’s enormous impact as an investment in our nation’s greatest resource: our children. It takes a visual dive into the findings of five decades of early childhood education research vividly illustrating how education begins at birth.
Head Start Advantage Documentary Video

Education and Child Development Program Services

Children’s readiness for school and beyond is fostered through individualized learning experiences which are designed to meet the individual needs of each child. Through relationships with adults, play, and planned and spontaneous instruction, children grow in many aspects of development. Children progress in social skills and emotional well-being, along with language and literacy learning, and concept development.

Guam Head Start Program uses the Creative Curriculum. Lesson plans are designed with the concept that children learn through play and literacy is emphasized. The progress of children is monitored with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework which describes the skills, behaviors, and knowledge that programs must foster in all children.

Because the child’s self-esteem is so critical to the learning process, activities which promote a positive “I am special” concept are integrated into daily lessons. The concept that the child is a member of a larger community is addressed. Head Start strives to build the child’s ethnic pride while respecting the cultural backgrounds of others.


Additional Services for Children with Disabilities

Head Start enrolls children with disabilities if it is an appropriate placement for their unique needs. All children learn from their classmates through aspects such as play, social interaction activities, and role modeling. Children with disabilities need to be with their peers to also experience and have opportunities to learn in the least restrictive environment.

Our goal is to serve a minimum of ten percent (10%) of the total enrollment. Head Start works closely with the Division of Special Education (SPED) to coordinate service provision based on the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and ensure that we are meeting the individual needs of the child and their family.


Health Program Services

Head Start's commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. Our objective is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.

Head Start emphasizes the importance of prevention and early identification of health problems. All children are required to have physical examinations including up-to-date Immunizations, Tuberculosis Screening, and Blood tests, Hearing tests, Vision tests and Dental exam prior to entering Head Start. If treatment is necessary to correct health problems, help is available through the child’s family medical resources, community health agencies, and/or Head Start.

Each child’s perceptual, motor, and physical development is supported to permit them to fully explore and function in their environment. All children receive health and developmental screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure that children are receiving the services they need.


Child Mental Health, Social and Emotional Well Being

Head Start recognizes the importance of providing mental health and psychological services to children to encourage their social and emotional development. As part of Head Start’s comprehensive services, the Mental Health component focuses on the promotion of positive self-worth, respect for individual differences, and the ability to develop appropriate social skills. Accomplishments in these areas will affect a child’s ability to play, love, learn, and work within the home, school and other environments. All fit together to form the foundation of a mentally healthy person.

As part of our prevention efforts, Head Start also provides counseling, workshops, and information on appropriate mental health practices are available to parents and staff through various community agencies and organizations.


Family and Community Engagement Program Services

Head Start focuses on goals that families develop with the support of program leadership, staff, and engaged community partners. These goal-directed relationships are part of the two-generational approach of working with children and adult family members and distinguish Head Start from other early childhood initiatives.

Families play a critical role in helping their children to prepare for school and a lifetime of academic success. Thus, Head Start takes intentional steps to promote parent and family engagement.

Head Start uses the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework as a roadmap for progress in achieving the types of outcomes that lead to positive and enduring change for children and families.


Family Engagement

An essential part of every Head Start Program is to support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development. Participation in parent-child projects and/or activities support class lesson plans and activities. As classroom volunteers, parents learn more about their child’s development and their role as the primary educator of their children. Parents are also able to obtain experiences helpful for future employment.

Your involvement is essential to the success of the Program and most especially, to your child’s development.


Family Partnerships

Parents are the most important influence on a child’s development. Because of this, Head Start is based on a partnership between parents and staff.The building of trusting, collaborative relationships between parents and staff allows them to share with and to learn from one another.

Parents and families are supported in identifying their strengths and needs, advocating for their children and families, and achieving their own goals in areas such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Head Start advocates for families to ensure that they get information, access to community services, and benefits to which they are entitled.


Community Engagement

Although services through Head Start are coordinated by Head Start Staff, the provision of services is most often a collaborative effort between the Head Start program and partners in the community, both public and private. Head Start serves families within the community and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. Thus, Head Start collaborates with its community partners to provide the highest level of services to children and families, to foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.


Program Management and Quality Improvement

Head Start promotes excellence in program management as the foundation for quality services provided to young children and their families.

Program goals and measurable objectives are established in collaboration with the governing body and policy council. The process of ongoing monitoring of program performance and continuous improvement for achieving program goals ensures child safety and the delivery of effective, high-quality program services.


Ongoing Monitoring for Quality Improvement

The Head Start Performance Standards govern the services that programs must provide and the standards they must adhere to in operating Head Start. Programs are required to establish management systems and procedures that effectively support program services and ensure positive child and family outcomes.

A part of Head Start's program management and quality assurance is the annual program self-assessment. Each agency is mandated by the Head Start Performance Standards to assess the quality of its Head Start program on an annual basis.

An on-site program triennial review by and annual reports to the Office of Head Start, Region IX also help to ensure program quality.

Head Start maintains a formal structure for program governance and shared decision-making that includes a governing body, a policy council, and parent committees. Strong committed groups that represent Head Start parents and the larger community are established to provide effective leadership to, and oversight of the program.

In Guam, the Guam Education Board (GEB)is the governing body that has a legal and fiscal responsibility to administer and oversee Head Start.  The Guam Head Start Policy Council (GHSPC) is responsible for the direction of the Head Start program.  Center Level Parent Groups (CLPG) ensure that all parents of enrolled children have a voice in program planning.

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Guam Department of Education Attn: Guam Head Start Program 500 Mariner Avenue , Barrigada, GUAM, GUAM



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