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Thank you for visiting the Early Childhood Programs website. Our goal is to provide an excellent education to every child attending one of our programs so that each child leaves “School Ready.” As you visit our website and learn more about our schools and programs, we hope you will gain an understanding of the many opportunities the early childhood programs offer to the children and families of our community. Our talented and dedicated staff is committed to providing young children and families with high quality services that will lead them to academic and personal success. We invite you to visit our award winning centers at any time.

On Tuesday, September 15th Open House was held on our campus.  At that time, we held our Policy Council Election.  Thank you to those who came to Open House and we missed you to those who were not able to come!!  Thank you to those that were interested in being on our Policy Council and congratulations to those who were elected!

Policy Council election

Community Capacity Building and Partnerships:  The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs collaborate with many community agencies to better serve children and families.  Our collaborators include:

A Call for Help

Abilene Children’s Medical Assoc.

Abilene Christian University Education Department

Abilene Christian university Marriage and Family Institute

Abilene Christian University School of Social Work

Abilene Hope Haven, Inc.

Abilene Pediatric Dental Association

Abilene Professional Center

Abilene Public Library

Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ARCADA)

Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy center

Abilene/Taylor County Public Health District

Adams Pediatric

AISD Adult Education Program

AISD Office of Federal Programs

AISD Title 1 Homeless Program

AISD Vocational Adjustment Class

Alliance for Women and Children

BCFS Health & Human Services

Big Brothers/Big sisters Program

Big Country AHEC

Big Country CASA

Christian Ministries of Abilene

Christian Service Center

Christian Women’s Job Corps

Cisco College

Day Nursery of Abilene

Department of Family and Protective Services

Dr. Bayless

Dr. Jane Estes Tindol

Dr. Poorman

Dr. Russell Dressen

Early Head Start & Early Childhood Intervention

ECI-LEA Early Transition

Faith Works

Food Bank of West Central Texas

Foster Grandparent Program

Grace Museum

Habitat for Humanity

Hardin Simmons University Dept. of Human Sciences and Education

Hardin Simmons University Family Psychology Center

Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Hector Garcia-Marerro, M.D.

Hendrick Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Hendrick Regional Laboratory

Highland Counseling Center

Housing Authority of Abilene

Love and Care Ministry

Marka Riddle, R.D.

MCH Family Outreach

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)

New Horizons Family Services Program

Noah Project

Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services

Professional Association of Pediatrics

Regional Victim Crisis Center

St. Vincent De Paul

Susan Zeff, R.D.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Texas Workforce Commission

The Salvation Army

Turning Point Counseling

United Supermarket #547

West Texas Rehabilitation 

West Texas Rehabilitation Center

West Texas Rehabilitation Center Family Support Services

Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program

Workforce Center

Temper Tantrums can be frustrating for any parent. The core skill that will help you through a temper tantrum is keeping your cool. Next, treat them as opportunities to teach a new skill. Learning to deal with frustration is a skill that children gain over time. If your child struggles with loss of self-control when the world doesn’t go his/her way please take a few minutes to watch this short 7 minute video to learn a new technique.



The first step in any discipline encounter is to take a deep, calming breath. Three deep breaths shut off the fight or flight response in the body. This will give your brain the oxygen it needs to make a safe choice. If you are upset when entering into an upset situation with your child you will not be able to make an impact on their behavior. This active calming technique is an essential component of emotional health. Teach children to S.T.A.R.: Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax. S.T.A.R. is one of four core breathing techniques in Conscious Discipline. The other techniques are Drain, Balloon and Pretzel. Download and print free icons for all four in our Resources section of the Conscious Discipline website (https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources).

As always, We Wish You Well!

Rosie Hollingsworth, Sierra Greenwood & Brody Powell

School Counselors



Please click the link below for more information on managing behavior!!

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Hi Friends!


The We Care Basket provides a way to express caring and empathy for others. Practicing using the “We Care Basket” teaches your child the skill of empathy. Watch this short video and consider taking a We Care Basket outside with you to soothe boo-boos. The basket is filled with things like minor first aid items (Band-Aids, wet wipes, hand sanitizer), card-making supplies (paper, crayons, sentence starters), and a stuffed animal for cuddling.



We wish you well,

Sierra Greenwood, Rosie Hollingsworth and Brody Powell

School Counselors


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