Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is a non-profit agency that provides children living in poverty or challenged with special circumstances with an early childhood education, and extend supportive services to their family including expectant mothers through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
One of the first things we do when a family enrolls their child is begin to develop a relationship with the family. We work together to earn each other’s trust with an assigned family advocate and health advocate. They work with families by making scheduled home visits and helping parents navigate some of life’s challenges such as:
- nutritional meals
- employment search
- renting or buying a home
- starting a bank account
- securing and transportation to primary care physician or dental care provider
- obtaining mental health services
- prenatal/postpartum support services
- and much more…
We are a comprehensive program and work with the families on nutrition, unemployment, education challenges and more. Parents in our program are encouraged to volunteer in our classrooms and are taught to become their child’s first teacher. Our mission is to empower children and families to develop the positive skills to meet life’s challenges.
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services helps Madison County, Illinois families with a child ages birth through five qualify for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Families qualify if they are living at 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, have a child with a disability, or are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services.