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Preparing Your Child for Success

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If you're a parent in Pinal and Gila counties and wondering how to give your little one the best start in life, Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc. (PGCCS) has got you covered. PGCCS is a not-for-profit organization that takes a family-centered approach to promote self-sufficiency and foster healthier communities.

Especially designed for young families and first-time parents, PGCCS offers comprehensive, community-based preschool programs serving children from the prenatal stage to five years old. And the best part? These services are free for qualifying families.

What PGCCS Offers
The range of services offered by PGCCS include in-classroom preschool programs and home-based services. If you're a parent to a 3-5 year old, the preschool program, which follows a research-based Creative Curriculum, is just what you need. They emphasize on daily teachings of social-emotional skills like problem-solving, identifying feelings, and managing stress, making your child's learning holistic.

But what if your child isn't quite preschool age yet? Well, PGCCS has thought of that, too. They offer home-based programs where professionals come to your home for 90 minutes a week to work with families, pregnant women, and children aged from birth to 3 years.

Bi-annual screenings are also a part of the PGCCS services, ensuring that your child's health is given utmost priority. Referrals can also be made to azeip and the school districts for additional support if needed.

Early Head Start
This community-based program offers a wealth of support to pregnant women and infants/toddlers from 0-3 years. It promotes healthy pregnancies, parent involvement in the child's growth and development, and assists families in obtaining appropriate health, nutrition, and social services.

The goals of Early Head Start include educating mothers on prenatal care, increasing community understanding of early development, and promoting parent education.

The Head Start Program
For children aged 3-5 years, PGCCS offers the comprehensive Head Start Program. This program provides preschool services in a classroom setting, focusing on both academic proficiency and social-emotional skills like problem-solving, identifying feelings, and stress management.

The Head Start program offers regular vision, hearing, height and weight assessments. It also engages with families to identify strengths and local resources, and works with school districts to identify children who may be at risk of developmental delay. In addition, PGCCS ensures children are healthy and ready to learn by coordinating with families and providers for regular physical and dental exams.

How to Enroll
Interested? It's simple to get started. Just visit PGCCS's enrollment page to begin the process.

The early years of your child's life are crucial in laying the foundation for future learning and success. With PGCCS, you can ensure your child gets the best start possible, while also gaining access to a supportive community. So why wait? Let's give our children the head start they deserve.
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