News & Events

Sebring Head Start Kids Enjoy a Visit from a Baby Calf

At the Farmer’s Market held recently at our Alta Head Start Sebring Learning Center, the children welcomed a special visitor — a baby calf! The farmer who brought the calf was Mr. Roger from the Miller-HY Farm. He said she was born on October 4th and weighed 120 lbs. at birth. She … read more


Early Head Start Children Learn About Nutrition

Alta Head Start’s recent Farmer’s Market provided the impetus for learning activities in our Early Head Start classes. Our children aged 6 months to 3 years took part in hands-on activities designed to teach them about the role fresh vegetables play in good nutrition. The kids helped “peel” and then … read more


Head Start Kids Visit With Santa on WRTA’s Holiday Bus

The 2018 WRTA Holiday Bus was officially launched recently at an event at the Boardman Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, and children from Alta Head Start’s Lockwood and Market Street Elementary Learning Centers were the special guests. More than 50 Alta kids waited their turn … read more


Head Start Supervisors Earn Supervision Certificate

Congratulations to our Head Start Education Supervisors for earning a Supervision Certificate through the Kent State University Stark Campus Regional Workforce Development Program! Topics for the certificate included Team Building, Effective Decision Making, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Managing Discipline, Motivating Employees, and Turning Conflict into Collaboration. Shown left to right are: Elaine Yeaton, … read more


Family Fun Event: Pre-Kindergarten Story Time – Austintown Library

This is a program for 4- and 5-year olds that helps develop pre-literacy and kindergarten readiness skills. Books, stories, rhymes, music, movement and crafts are used to help your child get ready for kindergarten. Where: Austintown Library, AU Meeting Room (600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown) When: Wednesdays in October (Oct. 10th, … read more


Family Fun Event: Whitehouse Fruit Farm Fall Festival

Kids of all ages and their families will find lots of fun activities at Whitehouse Fruit Farm’s annual Fall Festival, which happens every weekend in October — Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The entire family can enjoy: Horse Drawn Wagon rides Petting Zoo Pony rides Kids’ … read more


Bring Your Kids to the FREE “Silly Science Sunday” Event

Over 40 exhibitors will participate in the 8th Annual Silly Science Sunday at the Oh Wow! Children’s Center, 11 W. Federal Street in Youngstown. This FREE event will take place Sunday, September 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit actually spills out onto the streets of downtown Youngstown and offers … read more


Welcome to the 2018-19 Alta Head Start School Year!

The 2018-2019 school year got underway at our 13 Alta Head Start/Early Head Start Learning Centers on Monday, August 27. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of our students, both new and returning, as well as their parents and families. Our trained teachers and staff are looking … read more


Open House at All Alta Head Start Locations August 24

Parents and their children will have the chance to visit a Head Start location and see for themselves all Alta Head Start has to offer on Friday, August 24. All of Alta Head Start’s locations will hold an Open House on that day from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This … read more





New Alta Head Start Media Campaign Shows What Kids Can Be “Someday”

A new campaign designed to increase awareness of and enrollment in Alta Head Start has been launched in Mahoning County. The theme of the campaign is “Someday.” It portrays youngsters as they might look someday in adult professions such as teachers, scientists, businesspeople and even astronauts. The accompanying text points out … read more


Grants Will Fund Alta’s UPSTREAM Program

Alta Care Group’s UPSTREAM Program will benefit from two recent grants. The program received $10,336 from The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, as well as $5,000 from PNC Bank. UPSTREAM is a home-based literacy development program for preschoolers through second grade that assists parents in becoming their … read more


Alta Nutrition Program Receives Grant

Alta Head Start’s Nutrition Education and Support Initiative has received a $45,000 grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund. This is the third year that the Swanston Foundation has supported this initiative, which provides nutrition education and exposure to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for up to 845 … read more



Come Dancing at the Alta Head Start Sock Hop May 4th!

The whole family can kick up their heels at the Alta Head Start/Early Head Start Sock Hop. This fun evening of music and dancing will take place May 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Alta Head Start Lockwood, 4570 Lockwood Blvd. in Youngstown. In addition to dancing, there’ll be games, … read more


Super Hero Day Conveys Positive Messages to Head Start Kids

Head Start students at our Westchester and Renaissance Learning Centers got a special visit from the Character Avengers as part of Super Hero Day on April 4th. Some students dressed in their favorite super hero costume or shirt for the occasion. The children heard from The Avengers, who are actually Lowellville … read more


Farmers Market, Flea Market Finds Events Slated for Several Locations May 16

Farmers Markets, which have proven to be extremely popular with Alta Head Start parents and friends, will take place May 16 from 8:00 am–4:00 pm at the following locations: Lockwood McCartney OCCHA Renaissance Rockford Village Sebring Westchester Families from Campbell, Market Street, Easter Seals and Potential are invited to attend … read more


Family and Child Safety Event Will Be Held Wednesday, April 25

Alta Head Start/Early Head Start will present a Family and Child Safety Event on Wednesday, April 25 from 4:00–6:00 pm at the McCartney Learning Center, 1988 McCartney Road in Youngstown. Among the many topics to be highlighted are fire safety, school safety, summer safety, child car seat safety and highway … read more


New Triple P Seminar Will Help You Learn the Power of Positive Parenting

The latest Triple P class will take place Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 9:00–10:30 am at the Alta Behavioral Healthcare main location, 711 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown. During this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to: Meet other parents Share some of your experiences and ideas about being a parent and managing difficult behaviors Discuss … read more


“Plant the Seed to Read” at Library’s Reading Rocks Event

This fun event will take place Saturday, April 14 from 10 am–3 pm at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Numerous local, state and federal organizations — including the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County — are coming together to encourage young people to read. Bring your child and get in on the fun! … read more


Hine Memorial Fund Donation Aids Camp Challenge Improvements

Alta Care Group is moving forward with the next phase of renovations to its Camp Challenge facility on Youngstown’s West Side, thanks to a donation of over $43,000 from the Hine Memorial Fund. The donation from the fund, which is administered by the Youngstown Foundation, will be supplemented by a … read more


Easter Egg Hunt at Camp Challenge!

Alta Head Start/Early Head Start’s Easter Egg Hunt will take place Wednesday, March 28 from 4:00–6:00 pm. The event will be held at Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Camp Challenge at 939 Wilkinson Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side. In addition to the egg hunt, kids can enjoy free pictures with the Easter … read more


Spring Break Will Be March 26–April 2

Alta Head Start students, teachers and administrators will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 2. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 3. Don’t forget, though, that our Easter Egg Hunt will take place Wednesday, April 28. See the next News & Events item for the … read more


Take the Guesswork Out of Parenting with Group Triple P Classes

If you’re a parent or caregiver who: is interested in promoting your child’s development and potential, or may have concerns about your child’s mild to moderate level of behavioral problems, or simply wishes to prevent behavior problems from developing …you’ll want to be a part of a free series of … read more




Learn The Power of Positive Parenting at Upcoming Seminar

The latest Triple P class will take place Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1:00–2:30 pm at the Alta Behavioral Healthcare main location, 711 Belmont Avenue. During this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to: Meet other parents Share some of your experiences and ideas about being a parent and managing difficult behaviors Discuss some methods … read more



Raising Resilient Children Parenting Class Set for February 22

If you’re a parent of children ages 0 to 12 years, you can benefit from this free class. In it, you’ll learn how to: encourage behavior you like deal with problem behavior become confident as a parent be realistic about parenting take care of yourself The class will be held … read more



Youngstown Foundation Grant Will Fund Camp Challenge Renovations

The hundreds of children who attend activities at Alta Care Group’s Camp Challenge — as well as the general public — will benefit from a $20,000 grant given to Alta by the Youngstown Foundation for renovations to the facility. The grant will be used for much-needed improvements to the Social … read more


Alta Head Start/Early Head Start Holiday Schedule

The last day of classes for all Head Start/Early Head Start children will be Friday, December 22, 2017. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Happy Holidays to all of our children and their families!


Do Your Christmas Shopping Now at Our “Tis the Season” Event!

Join us Saturday, December 2 for a “Tis the Season” Alta Bucks Parent Store from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Social Hall at Camp Challenge, 939 Wilkerson Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side. You can use your Alta Bucks to choose from a nice selection of new or gently used items, including: Toys, books, … read more


Don’t Miss Our Farmer’s Markets Wednesday, November 15!

Alta Head Start Farmer’s Markets will take place at all of our Learning Center locations on Wednesday, November 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for you to use your Alta Bucks to buy fresh vegetables and other produce, just in time for the upcoming … read more


Hassle-Free Shopping with Children

It’s rewarding and enjoyable to be a parent, but not always easy. The challenge is to raise healthy, well-adjusted children in a loving, predictable environment. This Triple P discussion group will help you deal with one day-to-day challenge all parents face — taking your child shopping with you. The class … read more


Raising Resilient Children Class Set for October 19

If you’re a parent of children ages 0 to 12 years, you can benefit from this free class. In it, you’ll learn how to: encourage behavior you like; deal with problem behavior; become confident as a parent; be realistic about parenting; and take care of yourself. The class will be … read more


Dinner Time Means More Than Just Eating

Sitting down to eat as a family is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. It’s a time for adults to role-model manners such as saying “Please,” “Thank you,” “May I have the…” “This is delicious!” “You worked hard to make a great meal for our family!” … read more


Head Start Parents: Use Our Computers When Visiting Our Sites

Each of our Alta Head Start sites has a Parent Café or Parent Cart where families of children accepted into our Head Start program can use a computer to access the internet for parent-child activities, job searches, agency registration assistance, résumés or any other activity that will assist you or … read more



Take the Guesswork out of Parenting with Group Triple P Classes

If you’re a parent or caregiver who: is interested in promoting your child’s development and potential, or may have concerns about your child’s mild to moderate level of behavioral problems, or simply wishes to prevent behavior problems from developing …you’ll want to be a part of a free series of … read more


Alta Head Start Tops National Average in Assessment of Teacher-Child Interactions

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) is an observation instrument that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions in center-based preschool classrooms. CLASS® includes three categories of teacher-child interactions that support children’s learning and development: Emotional Support assesses the degree to which teachers establish and promote a positive climate in their classroom through their … read more


Alta Head Start Teachers Are Highly Qualified

The Alta Head Start program goes above and beyond the National Head Start requirements for Teacher qualifications by employing a large majority of Lead Teachers with Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education. Every Teacher Assistant has, at a minimum, a Child Development Associate (CDA). In addition, the majority of our Lead Teachers … read more


Download the New Alta Head Start Volunteer Handbook

A new edition of this important guide to volunteering with Alta Head Start has been published. It contains valuable information about the many activities you can take part in both in the classroom and at home to help Alta Head Start in its mission to support the social, emotional, behavioral, … read more


Registration Event at Covelli Center August 10

If you have a child ages 0-5 years old and would like to enroll him or her in Alta Head Start or Alta Early Head Start, you’ll have a great opportunity to do that this week. A Head Start Registration Event will take place on Thursday, August 10 from 4:00–7:00 … read more


Many Program Enhancements Set for the 2017-2018 School Year

In our ongoing effort to provide the absolute best learning experience and environment for our Alta Head Start/Early Head Start children, we will be implementing the following enhancements to our program for the 2017-2018 school year: Right Response Techniques We will be training our staff and implementing ongoing teacher support … read more


Get Instant Alta Head Start News Via Text Message or Email!

If your child is enrolled in Alta Head Start or Alta Early Head Start, you can automatically receive notifications via text or email from Alta. From upcoming events and activities to Parent-Teacher Conferences to school closings due to bad weather — all of this and more arrives instantly at your … read more



Download the 2017-2018 Alta Parent Handbook

Alta wishes to welcome you and your family to our Birth to Five Head Start Program. We hope to partner with you as your child begins their educational journey. We are excited to be a part of that journey with you! Head Start is different from other preschool programs, as we … read more






Looking for a great preschool experience for your child near downtown Youngstown?

Alta Head Start’s Renaissance Learning Center is located at 345 Oak Hill Ave. There you’ll find quality educational programs in a nurturing, secure and developmental appropriate setting for children birth to five. Alta Head Start/ Early Head Start has qualified, credentialed teachers who are trained in best practice academic and social-emotional … read more





Alta Head Start Education Program

The focus of Alta Head Start’s Education Program is on your child’s individual needs —incorporating family, community, ethnic and cultural characteristics. To help meet these needs, we have adopted the Creative Curriculum, which provides a framework that allows teachers to be creative and flexible in building a program based on their … read more


Alta Head Start Can Help Get Your Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Alta Head Start provides children with opportunities to learn in group settings, ensuring that they’ll be socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Among the specific activities that help prepare both children and their families for the transition to kindergarten are: Field trips to local kindergarten classrooms A Kindergarten Transition Event … read more


Looking for a great preschool experience for your child in Campbell?

Alta Head Start’s Campbell Learning Center is located at 2002 Community Circle. There you’ll find quality educational programs in a nurturing, secure and developmental appropriate setting for children birth to five. Alta Head Start/ Early Head Start has qualified, credentialed teachers who are trained in best practice academic and social-emotional standards … read more


Pregnant? Immediate Help Is Here for You

Alta Early Head Start’s Pregnant Mothers Program provides prenatal planning and helps you prepare for the arrival of your baby. Services include: Prenatal and parenting education for young mothers so they can deliver a healthy baby and be a successful parent Home visits from a qualified parent educator Tracking the … read more



Farmers Market Huge Success – Thanks to all Parents

Our Alta Head Start second Farmers Market was a huge success but it wouldn’t have been if we didn’t have families like you! We are very interested in hearing about your experience. Please share photos of any foods you prepared with the vegetables and fruits you got that day. We … read more


Parental Engagement Program

Alta Head Start/Early Head Start’s Parental Engagement Program helps children progress better in school.


Alta Head Start Farmers Markets Were a Great Success!

Farmers Markets were held at multiple Alta Head Start/Early Head Start locations on Wednesday, April 5. Parents and partners of Alta, including Child Care Partners, Youngstown City School Parents and Lockwood Parents were able to use their “Alta Bucks” to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Alta Bucks are earned when parents volunteer at Head … read more


Major Funding Initiative from PNC Bank Will Benefit Alta Head Start

PNC Bank has announced several new programs that will provide major funding to early childhood education in the areas they serve. Alta Head Start will be a major beneficiary of several of them. At a press conference April 4 at Alta Head Start’s Renaissance Learning Center, PNC Bank representatives Ted Schmidt … read more


Alta Head Start Pre-School Program Continues Expansion

Alta Head Start continues to expand and refine its preschool program in Mahoning County. There are 38 classrooms throughout the county serving 845 children. A new site at Youngstown State University has opened that will allow students from several departments to gain experience with the children on the university campus. A new … read more


Why Head Start Matters

The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential. When Head Start was first launched in 1965, the idea of providing comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children in poverty was revolutionary, if not radical. The Head … read more


Head Start Community Partnerships 

Alta Head Start continues to expand and refine our programs. We have been working with several community providers and have jointly engaged in cooperative projects. Our site on Lockwood Boulevard is operated by Alta Head Start and the Mahoning County Educational Services Center. The newest classroom will be on the campus … read more


Head Start Facts and Impacts

Children that participate in Head Start programs receive innumerable benefits. These advantages appear immediately, last a lifetime, and even have an effect on other generations. The effects are particularly strong amongst certain subgroups of children, particularly Hispanic and African-American children, dual language learners, children who are homeless or in foster … read more


Male Involvement/Fatherhood program encourages dads to take an active role

The Alta Head Start Male Involvement/Fatherhood program was established for the purpose of encouraging fathers and significant male figures to become actively involved in the social and educational development of their children, and to be positive role models for them. The mission of  the Male Involvement/Fatherhood program is to provide … read more


A Reminder About “Snow Days” (School Closings)

Please remember that when the weather outside is frightful, our classrooms are warm and delightful. Alta Head Start realizes that parents still need to go to work and school, or may even want to keep their child’s daily routine the same, so we make every effort to keep our classrooms … read more


William Swanston Charitable Fund promotes good nutrition

Alta Care Group received a grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund to assist Head Start Children and their families to identify and establish positive nutritional alternatives and to incorporate them into their lives. Lori Stellmar, Head Start nutritionist, has been working with Santisi’s Wholesale Foods to expose children to a … read more


Become an Alta Head Start Volunteer

Alta Head Start volunteers play a very important role in supporting the Head Start staff, children and parents. Head Start is a federally funded program which requires us to involve parents and community partners. This is known as In-kind service, and our primary source of In-Kind is through volunteers (both … read more


Download the 2016-2017 Alta Parent Handbook

Alta wishes to welcome you and your family to our Birth to Five Head Start Program. We hope to partner with you as your child begins their educational journey. We are excited to be a part of that journey with you! Head Start is different from other preschool programs as we … read more


Alta Head Start and YSU Partner on Unique Learning Center

Full-day preschool for children will also be learning lab for YSU students Alta Head Start and Youngstown State University announced today the opening of an award-winning full-day preschool program on the YSU campus. The YSU Learning Center Model Classroom, located in Beeghly Hall on campus, will be staffed by Alta … read more


UPSTREAM helps kids get ready to learn

UPSTREAM is a home-based literacy and social/emotional program to help children from preschool through second grade improve their reading and literacy skills and be socially and emotionally ready to learn. UPSTREAM provides: literacy skill-building activities involving colors, numbers, letters and cutting skills, developed for a child’s own level of need … read more



Free Health Services provided to Alta Head Start Children

The health of Alta Head Start children is one of our primary concerns. We provide a comprehensive health service program that features free preventive screenings and exams. Included are physical exams, vision and hearing screenings, oral health care and nursing services, as well as developmental and mental health screenings. We work … read more

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