The Nueces County Community Action Agency (NCCAA) Birth-to-Five Head Start Program is a comprehensive program based on providing quality services for children and families who qualify and reside in Nueces County.

The key values are: Integrity and Respect, Diversity, and Teamwork. The services provided include the Early Head Start Program (EHS) for Expectant Women, children ages 6 weeks to 3 years and the Head Start Program for children ages 3-5 years.

The program is comprehensive in nature and works with the child, family and community to provide a continuum of care and resources before, during and after their experience within the program. The services include Disabilities, Education, Family Engagement, Health and Safety, Health, Mental Health, and Nutrition. Services are offered through Home Visitation and Center Base settings.

Staff qualifications are set at a high level in order to provide high quality services. EHS Staff are required to obtain at a minimum a Child Development Associate Credential and are encouraged to pursue advanced education. The Preschool Staff Assistant Teachers are required to obtain a Child Development Associate Credential and are encouraged to pursue advanced education. The Preschool Teachers are required to have at a minimum an Associate’s Degree and are expected to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. All staff is required to maintain CPR/First Aid and Food Handler Certifications.

Each parent in the program is recognized as their child’s first teacher and is encouraged to be actively engaged in classroom and home activities, to participate in program governance, and community activities. Through the Birth-to-Five Head Start School Readiness Plan, the program sets the stage towards the development of a positive transitioning experience into kindergarten and successful outcomes for the child’s future.

Head Start is a comprehensive program designed to foster the healthy development of three, four, and five year-old children from low-income families.

ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance)
Nueces County Community Action Agency Birth-To-Five Head Start Program serves children between the ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and has a funded enrollment of 925. NCCAA Birth-to-Five Head Start Infant/Toddler Division serve Expectant Women and children 6 weeks to 3 years old. The Preschool Division serves children who are 3 years old and less than 5 years of age. There are 15 Early Head Start sites and 15 Preschool sites. NCCAA Centers are located in Corpus Christi and Robstown. The agency employs Family Advocates that assist in building and maintaining Family and Community Partnerships on behalf of the Agency.
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Training and Technical Services
Nueces County Community Action Agency is committed to providing ongoing staff development activities for all employees. The Training & Technical Assistance (T & TA) department is responsible for assessing the training needs of employees and coordinating relevant training in each of the content areas.
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Family and Community Partnership - Social Services
The Family & Community Partnership Component recognizes parents as their children’s primary teachers and nurturers, and implements intentional strategies to engage parents in their children’s learning and development, and supporting parent-child relationships, including specific strategies for father engagement.
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Disability Services
The disabilities services content area focuses on serving children with disabilities. These services are provided through collaborative efforts with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) and the local education agencies which may include school districts, and in some cases, private providers.
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