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Elementary and Primary Education
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Thursday, November 10, 2011

HCDE Head Start welcomes children with disabilities as 17 centers recruit children

Children ages 3-5 gain academic, social strides towards school readiness


Harris County Department of Education Head Start helped parent Olga Ramos with resources to help her son with speech disabilities.  Ricardo, 5, suffers from seizures and barely communicated two years ago when he enrolled in Head Start.  Today he benefits from valuable communication skills through speech therapy services at his HCDE Head Start center.


Speech therapy is one of many special services HCDE Head Start connects families with as part of its mission to include children with disabilities.  Currently applications are being accepted for enrollment in HCDE’s 17 Head Start centers which serve about 1,250 children. Head Start promotes school readiness for children in low-income families and for children with special needs.  Services are free for those who qualify.   Included are early childhood instruction, meals during normal hours, family services developmental screening, disability services and mental wellness services.


“Head Start gives children a solid foundation to ensure future success both academically and socially,” said HCDE Head Start director Venetia Peacock.  “Valuable services are provided to families by developing relationships with social service agencies, local businesses, universities and other community organizations.”


Seventeen Head Start centers in northeast Harris County serve children ages 3-5 and their families.  Centers are located in communities like La Porte, Clear Lake, Humble, Crosby, Channelview, San Jacinto, Baytown, Fifth Ward and other neighborhoods in east and northeast Harris County.  For more information, call (713) 672-9343 or access


About Harris County Department of Education’s Head Start Area I: Harris County Department of Education Head Start Area I serves families residing in east and northeast Harris County, providing 17 area centers for over 1,250 children and their families. Head Start is a federally funded program that prepares children ages 3-5 for school. It also supports and promotes strong families through parent participation and training. Low-income families and families of children with special needs benefit from services. For more information, call (713) 672-9343,


About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs.  We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support.  Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at

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