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Program Information 

St. Mary's County Public Schools Head Start provides a comprehensive child and family development program for low income children ages three to five and their families.

Our program is center-based and the students receive their educational instruction at two SMCPS schools.  Our Family Service Providers work with families and conduct home visits to set family goals and provide support in variety of ways.  The Education staff works with families to set education goals designed to support the parent/guardian role as the primary educator of their children.  Our Instructional Specialists and Social-Emotional/Mental Health Specialist complete our program, adding the extra support for the health and education of our students.

During the year, we hold many Parent involvement activities and work with the Policy Council to ensure compliance with Federal Requirements.


What to do when:


Your child is absent or tardy:

Please call or email the Head Start Nurse if your child is going to be tardy or absent. 

You can also report an absence on our website using the "Report an Absence" button on our main page.

We are required to contact you when your child is absent for three or more consecutive days.

If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact your Family Service Provider or the Head Start Nurse to discuss a solution and ensure your child makes it to school. 



Inclement Weather & Early Dismissals: 

On days when the school has a delayed opening, Head Start follows this schedule: 

AM 3-year-olds: Do not attend school 

PM 3-year-olds: attend per SMCPS delayed arrival schedule 

Full Day 3s & 4s: attend according to SMCPS delayed arrival schedule 

Early dismissal days: Head Start students do not attend school on regular early dismissal days. In the case of early dismissal for inclement weather, you will be contacted to be kept updated on the procedure. 


No Student Attendance Days for 2020-2021 School Year:

December 11, 2020: Professional Day for teachers

December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break

January 18, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

January 29, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

February 15, 2021: President's Day

February 26, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

March 26, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

March 29 - April 5, 2021: Spring Break

April 12, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

May 21, 2021: Professional Day for teachers

May31, 2021: Memorial Day

Last day for Head Start Students - June 17, 2021