History of MCHS

Head Start is Nationally known for its efforts to provide high quality early childhood care and education. Over 40 years ago, the Celina City School District was awarded the grant to fund Mercer County Head Start, bringing this high quality school readiness program to Mercer County, providing space for 166 children and families to receive services according to Federal Head Start Standards.

Through the years, classrooms were located in various locations within the County, moving to areas highest in need when possible. Currently, the offices and several classrooms are located in the Franklin building in Montezuma. Rockford area children and families are served in a classroom located in New Horizon Church.   Twelve families are served by the Home Base Program across the County.

In the past, Mercer County Head Start has offered an array of diverse models of care including home and center-based service options, as well as collaborative partnership models, including disabilities services.

Through these services, Mercer County Head Start continues to provide opportunities to children, families and communities with high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, dental, mental health, and social services, involving parents in all services and activities throughout the program. A developmentally appropriate, family-focused, community based, and comprehensive curriculum is the foundation of the school readiness focus in each classroom and program option.