Early Learning

Early Learning

Our Philosophy

Child Focus believes children are ready for school when they are physically healthy, have engaged in positive experiences with other children, are learning to manage their feelings, have good communication skills and are enthusiastic and curious about learning. Our early childhood professionals follow best practices and research based curricula to create learning environments that support the individual growth and development of children which promote physical well-being, motor development, social, emotional and language development, cognition and general knowledge.

 

Our Accreditation

The Step Up to Quality rating recognizes early care and education programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above minimum health and safety licensing standards. The program is based on national research identifying the key benchmarks that lead to improved outcomes for children. Child Focus is proud to operate highly rated Step Up To Quality centers.

87%

percentage of Head Start children ready to succeed in kindergarten

94%

percentage of highly-rated Step Up to Quality classrooms

688

children ages 0-5 served in Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start

Are You Eligible?

Head Start and Early Head Start eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.  Call 528-7224 or click here to pre-register and see if you qualify. We can answer questions, provide you with required forms, and tell you what documents you should bring with you to apply.

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free learning and development services to promote the healthy growth and development of children ages birth to five years-old.  Program options are available throughout Clermont County.  Limited transportation for part-day and full-day center and home-based services is available.  Dual language learners and children with disabilities are welcome in our early childhood classrooms. We use an integrative approach to teach children from all cultures and backgrounds.  

Before & After School Care

Child Focus offers a before and after school Extended Day Program for West Clermont. This program combines fun and learning in a safe, convenient place that you know– your child’s school. At West Clermont schools, the morning program opens at 6:45 am and lasts until school
starts. The afternoon program begins directly after school and ends at 6:00 pm at all locations. This program follows the school district calendar; therefore when school is not in session Extended Day Care will be closed as well. Important information about our program includes:

  • Provide an 18:1 licensed and certified staff to student ratio
  • Provide a seamless transition from the classroom to Extended Day Care
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the school and community.
  • Utilize school and district resources to strengthen student achievement
  • Provide structured recreational and enrichment activities and homework time
  • Focus on educational, social and physical needs of students
  • Provide a safe, secure and happy environment
  • Due to staff ratios and facilities and equipment the program has access to, school age children must be toilet trained to enroll in the program

Parent Employment & Education Program

Parent Employment and Education Program (PEEP)

The Parent Employment and Education Program (PEEP) is a United Way-funded work readiness initiative that provides guidance and resources to help parents establish and work towards their educational and professional goals. Whether someone is looking to gain employment, improve their employment situation, or go back to school, the PEEP program works one-on-one with clients to lay out a plan to helping clients accomplish their goals. Job Navigators are assigned to clients to offer coaching and connections to resources as the client and their family work toward self-sufficiency.

For additional information or to get in contact with the PEEP program, please reach out via email to PEEP@child-focus.org, or call us at 513-528-7224, ext. 5033