At TNS, each child receives an educational program based on his/her strengths and needs, with individualized supports to help every child achieve school readiness. Our curriculum is evidenced-based and specifically designed to help children develop language and literacy, adopt problem solving skills, and learn how to socialize and interact with others. Children are provided with the opportunity to participate in activities that support math, science, art, drama, language and culture. We honor issues of cultural relevance, diversity and inclusion, through our validation of the individual strengths of the enrolled children and their families.
Texas Neighborhood Services offers both Early Head Start (center-based) and Head Start (center-based and home based) options. The overall goal of each option is to bring about a high-quality of school readiness and social competence in children of low-income families. Children leave Head Start prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning, confident in their own abilities and ready to succeed.
TNS firmly believes that the lives of young children and their families can be enriched and strengthened by the quality of the educational program provided to them. The high quality of our program is achieved through:
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment.
- Providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of development-social, emotional, cognitive and physical.
- Providing learning experiences within the context of children’s culture and community; and
- Working in partnership with parents to plan, implement and evaluate the educational experiences provided for children and families.
Recognizing that achieving school readiness is a partnership between TNS and our enrolled families, we offer the following opportunities for educational interactions with families:
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Attending agency trainings
- Attending monthly parent meetings
- Completing parent questionnaires
- Conducting home visits Fall/Spring ( and summer for EHS)
- Providing parent conferences Fall/Spring (and summer for EHS)
- Transitioning of children from TNS Head Start to the public school system
- Coordinating with local schools or agencies for special education services