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Open enrollment for Head Start Preschool
Jefferson County Head Start Preschool Program is open for enrollment. Head Start is a no cost, child-focused and family-centered preschool program. The program provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education, early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, family support, and parent involvement. Educational programming is available for children ages 3 to 5. Families living in Jefferson County, specifically Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Edgewater and Littleton, as well as Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties are eligible. Head Start is available to families who are at 100 poverty of poverty level; however, other families may qualify. Head Start recently consolidated five of its locations to one in Arvada, formerly Russell Elementary School. Locations include: Arvada Head Start, 5150 Allison St., Arvada, and Wheat Ridge Head Start, 12725 West 42nd Ave., Wheat Ridge. For more information, contact Michelle Kalkwark at firstname.lastname@example.org at 720-497-7908.
Middle School Leadership Corps
Calling all students entering sixth to eighth grade. Meet new friends, develop leadership skills and have fun while helping out in the community. For more information, visit www.ken-carylranch.orgor contact Melissa at 303-979-4070.
Preschool, after-school programs
Foothills Park & Recreation District is offering preschool and before- and after-school programs for the 2009-10 school year. For the locations and more information, call 303-409-2511 or visit www.ifoothills.org.
Ken Caryl Parent Network
The Ken Caryl Parent Network co-op offers socials, play groups, and other special interest groups for parents to get together with other parents and enjoy activities with or without children. New members are welcome. For information, visit www.kencarylparents.com.
Health insurance available for kids
The Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment encourages families without health insurance for their children to apply for Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). The CHP+ program allows low-income families to get health insurance for their children at affordable rates. The program is available for children 18 years of age and younger. Applications for CHP+ area available at the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment's Arvada and Lakewood sites. Eligibility for the program is based on financial qualification. For information, call 303-239-7120.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Caring people (with or without children) are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for one or two semesters. EMF high school students are between the ages of fifteen and eighteen, have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a nonprofit, educational exchange organization. Due to limited school space, interested host families are encouraged to contact EMF as soon as possible. For more information, call Marie-Claude Dijoud at 1-800-467-8363 or visit www.emfusa.org.
High school exchange students from Europe, Latin America and Asia are eager to experience America. International teens with insurance and spending money enjoy academics, church, sports, art, music and more. For more information, visit cci-exchange.org or call Mary Lou Rebeck at 303-838-7750 or e-mail MaryLRebeck@q.com.