The Children’s Services application process has temporarily changed to address the current COVID-19 situation.
Click the ‘How To Apply’ button for contact information to apply for the 2020-21 program year during this period of social distancing.
Services to children and families include vision, health, and dental screenings in addition to high-quality early childhood education. Our Children’s Services programs are located throughout North Alabama in 16 counties: Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston.
Services vary by county. Please click the Locations buttons for each program to find a site near you.
Infant/Toddler For-Fee Service to Begin July 13th at Decatur’s VCT Early Learning Center
Vivian Conatser-Turner Early Learning Center in Decatur will start for-fee services for Infants and Toddlers ages 0 through 3 beginning July 13th.
Children’s hours of attendance are Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to high-quality care, tuition provides for breakfast, lunch, and one snack, as well as early learning materials for planned daily activities. Subsidies are accepted.
Tuition for the Infant/Toddler program is based on child’s age, as follows:
- 0 to 24 months $225/wk
- 24 to 36 months $200/wk
- 3 years $175/wk
To apply or schedule a tour, please contact the Vivian Conatser-Turner Early Learning Center directly at 256.318.8993 or email Center Director Melanie Watson at email@example.com.
The center is closed for designated agency holidays. The center does not provide transportation.
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Children’s Services now has an online application process for Early Head Start (pregnant women and children ages birth to 3), Preschool Head Start (children ages 3 and 4) and Pre-K (children age 4 on or before September 1st).
NOTE: Applying Online is not a complete application. This would be the first step in applying and getting an appointment to complete the process.
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El programa de Servicios para Niños ahora tiene un proceso para aplicar por internet. Los siguientes programas tienen este servicio Head Start Temprano (mujeres embarazadas y niños de nacimiento a 3 años), Head Start Prescolar (niños edades 3 a 4) y Pre-Kínder (niños que tengan 4 años cumplidos para él o antes el 1º de septiembre).
Notificación: El aplicar por internet no es una aplicación completa. Este sería el primer paso en poder obtener una cita para completar este proceso.
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Early Head Start
We welcome infants and toddlers up to age 3, in our Early Head Start program and we offer services to pregnant women through resource and referral, education, pre-natal care and maternal health. Young children experience quality services in a warm and caring center-based environment that values each child individually.
Head Start Preschool
The Head Start Preschool and Alabama Office of School Readiness Pre-K classrooms promote school readiness by offering a socially stimulating learning environment that encourages children, ages 3 to 5, to engage in hands-on experiences and explore the world around them.
The Head Start Preschool and Alabama Office of School Readiness Pre-K classrooms promote school readiness by offering a socially stimulating learning environment for children whose fourth birthday occurs on or before September 1st of the start of the program year.
First Teacher Home Visiting Program
The First Teacher Home Visiting Program provides information, support, and encouragement to parents and caregivers through home visits to help children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
Early Head Start Home Visitors Program
Like the First Teacher program, the Home Visitors Program provides information, support, and encouragement to parents and caregivers through home visits to help children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
DAY CARE LICENSING
(click the button to access the newest version of Minimum Standards for Day Care Licensing (Orange Book))
Alabama Early Childhood Education Fact Sheet