Head Start

Head Start began as an eight-week summer program in 1965 in church basements and unused rooms of public schools. It grew into a year-round, comprehensive, multigenerational development program for children and families. Along the way it has become the largest early childhood and family education program in the county, the leading health referral system for children and the most extensive system for integrating young children with disabilities. It one of the oldest such programs in the nation. In August 2015-16, we began our 50th year of operations.

The Head Start Bureau is responsible for overseeing overall operations of the program in accordance with the Head Start Act. The Head Start Act was reauthorized and retitled Improving Head Start for School Readiness in December 2007. It establishes program standards and other regulations that govern the program and through a competitive process selects and funds grantees to provide Head Start services in their local communities.

In addition to the Head Start Bureau staff in Washington, DC, federal Head Start staff are located in 10 regions around the country. PRIDE Community Services Head Start Program is served by Region III, Philadelphia, PA, as well as, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC.

In compliance with the WV Universal Pre-K State Law 2525 and the WV State Day Care Licensing, as well as, the Head Start Performance Standards, PRIDE Head Start collaborates with the local school board.

Our Head Start Program is funded for 251 children and operates on an August thru May school schedule.  Our children are served through the Logan County Universal Pre-K program, which is a collaboration of PRIDE Head Start and Logan County Board of Education.  We provide services for three (3), four (4) and five (5) year olds.  Collaborative classrooms and services are provided at Chapmanville Primary, Omar, South Man, Holden, Justice, Verdunville and Buffalo.  An additional 200 children and families receive partial services in these classrooms. Head Start provides comprehensive education activities, social, nutritional, health and mental health, as well as, transportation for children and their families.

Head Start is the cornerstone of the agency and is the largest grant funded program housed at PRIDE.  It is a great asset to the agency, due to the immediate and positive recognition throughout the County.

Head Start Collaborative Classrooms

Buffalo Head Start
Rt 16 2367 Buffalo Creek Road
Accoville, WV 25606

Chapmanville Primary Head Start
100 West Tiger Lane
Chapmanville  WV  25508

Logan Head Start Center
699 Stratton Street
Logan, WV  25601

Logan Elementary Head Start
18 Wildcat Way
Logan, WV 25601

Man Elementary Head Start
One Pioneer Path
Mallory, WV 25634

Omar Elementary Head Start
Route 44
Omar, WV 25638

LEA Collaborative Classrooms

Buffalo Elementary Pre-K
Rt 16 2367 Buffalo Creek Road
Accoville, WV 25606

Chapmanville Primary School
100 West Tiger Lane
Chapmanville, WV 25508

Holden Elementary Pre-K
School Drive
Holden, WV 25625

Hugh Dingess Elementary Pre-K
5 Hugh Dingess School Road
Harts, WV  25524

Justice Elementary Pre-K
407 Circle Drive
Logan, WV 25601

Logan Elementary Pre-K
18 Wildcat Way
Logan, WV 25601

Man Elementary Pre-K
One Pioneer Path
Mallory, WV 25634

Omar Elementary Pre-K
Route 44
Omar, WV 25638

South Man Elementary Pre-K
301 East McDonald Avenue
Man, WV 25635

Verdunville Elementary Pre-K
Hill Drive
Verdunville, WV 25649