About Early Explorers

In 1965, the Office of Economic Opportunity launched Project Head Start as an eight-week summer program. Head Start was part of the War on Poverty, which embodied a basic belief that education as the solution to poverty. Head Start was designed to help break the “cycle of poverty” by providing preschool children of low income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. Born of the civil rights movement and part of the new political thinking on the nature of poverty and the uses of education, was that the government was obligated to help disadvantaged groups in order to compensate for inequality in social or economic conditions. The concept of “maximum feasible participation” represented a new philosophy in federal government that low-income people should help plan and run their own programs. Education and child development specialists, community leaders and parents enthusiastically received Head Start across the nation and recruited children age three to school-entry age. Over 985,000 preschool children are served in Head Start across the US.

Established during the 1994 Reauthorization of Head Start, Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood program serving primarily at-risk children prenatal to age three, pregnant women and their families. Over 135,000 infants and toddlers are served in Early Head Start.

Early Explorers Head Start began as Newport School District Head Start in the summer of 1966 in Towner serving 3o children as a summer program. Early Explorers Head Start and Early Head Start is a grantee agency of the TGU (Towner, Granville & Upham) School District #60. The TGU school board and the Early Explorers Policy Council, composed of enrolled parents and community representatives, govern Early Explorers. Our mission is accomplished by involving parents in the total operation and administration of the program and supporting the growth of children, families and staff through encouragement, nurturing, education and empowerment.


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Our Goal

Promote school readiness in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning.

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Our Vision

Exploring the Possibilities Together

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Our Mission

Early Explorers Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive early childhood development programs, which focus on providing quality services through partnerships with families and communities. The partnership will:

  • Advocate for families
  • Continue to change to meet community needs
  • Collaboration with community agencies
  • Promote best practices in early childhood care and education
  • Provide training and career development opportunities

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Our Core Values

Attitude • We believe that remaining positive and looking ahead are essential parts of achieving goals

Communication • We work toward the clear exchange of information, both written and verbal

Honesty • We believe that being truthful establishes lasting relationships and promotes positive communication

Humor • We believe that laughter brings us together. We should have fun while being productive

Respect • We know people feel valued when they are shown consideration. We believe each employee has the right to work in an environment of mutual respect