Mission Statement
"To Improve the Well-Being of Children, Empower Families, and Strengthen Communities."
August 2021 Parent Newsletter

Welcome to the Preschool Services Department Parent Newsletter.
Here you will find information, resources and PSD news!

We remain committed to both our Vision and Mission Statements and pride ourselves with providing quality education to our preschoolers as well as empowering their families by equipping them with the resources, job skills and education needed to not only strengthen the family unit but also the communities they work and reside in.
Announcing PSD Interim Director
Jacqueline Greene
Jacquelyn Greene has been with PSD since 1996 when she started as a Head Start Teacher, then promoted to Site Supervisor, Program Manager, Deputy Director, and finally Assistant Director. She was a Head Start child and a former Head Start parent. Through her career and her personal passion for children she has been an inspiration to many and has demonstrated what can be accomplished through hard work, leadership, and the support of dedicated team members. Jacquie will lead the department through this transition period and is committed to continuing the legacy Mr. Haire established of commitment to the PSD staff, and the children and families of our community.

Congratulations Ms Jacquie! 
We are proud to announce the relocation of:

Mill Child Development Center

Our new facility is located at
205 S. Allen St. San Bernardino, CA 92408

Opened July 2021!

EHS Expansion
Preschool Services Department is in the process of expanding our EHS program with 5 new sites!

The Early Head Start (EHS) program was established to assist pregnant women, infants and toddlers to age 3. EHS assists with:

  • Enhancing children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.
  • Assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care.
  • Parent education on their child's development.
  • Support parent's effort to fulfill their parental roles and move towards self-sufficiency.

In addition, EHS services promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.

Sites coming soon to: San Bernardino, Ontario, Barstow and Victorville!
Fatherhood Fire Grant
Fatherhood-Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (Fatherhood FIRE)

Through a Comprehensive Fatherhood Program, PSD aims to increase child and family well-being through a series of evidenced-based practices that address healthy relationships, improve parenting skills, and increase economic stability. Services will be provided through targeted recruitment practices of Head Start fathers; risk and needs assessments; goal-setting with measurable activities and milestones; intensive case management services with at least eight individual contacts per year; supportive services through referrals to community partners; availability of a Successful Pathways Apprenticeship Program and certified high school education program, and participation in The Nurturing Fathers Program curriculum workshop over a period of 13 weeks for a total of 32.5 hours of education. These curriculum workshops will be provided through learning cohorts that create peer mentoring and coaching opportunities for the fathers. 

More information to follow!
Exciting news!
We are back to in-person learning!

As you all begin transitioning back, we want to provide you with some helpful tips that will prepare your child for re-entering the classroom:

  •  Face-coverings are required for all (we will provide you with one, if you do not have one)

  • Children will be signed in and out at the front of the school and escorted to and from their classroom by a PSD employee

  • Children will be assigned to a cohort, and will not mix with others who are not part of the same cohort to limit possible transmission

  • Please conduct a self-check and a health check of your child before leaving your home each morning. 

Please stay at home if you or your child have any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough, congestion, running nose
  • Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Chills, repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
The Adventure Begins!
Children might be having a lot of different feelings at the start of the school year. You might have to remind them that those feelings are ok and that changes can also bring a sense of adventure. Together with your children, watch this video to see Alexa the astronaut go on a letter A adventure. She sees an acrobat swinging from an asteroid, an alien playing the accordion, and an alligator eating apricots! No matter what she encounters, Alexa keeps a positive attitude!
  • Before watching: Talk about the word adventure. Ask: What is an adventure? When have you gone on an adventure? What did you see, do, and learn?
  • While you watch: Notice all the interesting things Alexa sees. Point out how much she’s learning on her adventure.
  • After watching: Let children know that going back to school is an adventure, even as things change like wearing masks all day and not sharing toys at school. Discuss some things that might be new and exciting. Ask, “What are you looking forward to?”
Remind kids that it’s okay to feel uneasy, too. Adventuring requires courage! Let them know they can talk with you about their feelings, and you can try to solve problems together. Tell your child, “You’re not alone. We’re a team.” Adventures can be even more fun with good company.
Read the article below for more tips to help your family get ready to learn.
Learning Through Routines
Ordinary moments such as getting dressed, preparing meals, cleaning up, or bedtime offer opportunities to build math, language, and other skills that prepare kids for school. Morning, noon, or night, you can integrate learning into daily routines!
A customized program based on your career goals! Learn at your own pace from our state-certified instructors!
Academic coaches are available to help you! Receive a REAL high school diploma, NOT a GED!
Fatherhood Engagement
The Head Start Act Section 641(d)(2)(J) (vii) to extend outreach to fathers (including father figures), in appropriate cases, in order to strengthen the role of those fathers in families, in the education of young children, and in the Head Start program, by working directly with the fathers through activities.
Low Income First Time (LIFT) Mothers Program
The LIFT Program provides pregnant women
prenatal education, support and empowerment
to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
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Fast, Fresh, and Fun  

A cookbook from First 5 California with healthy and easy recipes for the whole family. - See more at: http://first5california.com/

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