Contact Info

Phone number: 
(402) 572-9005


Welcome to Head Start!

My name is Catherine (Katie) Dose and I am the Head Start teacher here at Laura Dodge.  I have been teaching here since 2011 and with OPS for twelve years!  I truly love my job and the mission that we do here in the Early Childhood Classroom.  

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a federal program that supports the school readiness of children ages three to five by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.  

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher.  Head Start programs build relationships with families that support: 

- family well-being and positive parent-child relationships

- families as learners and life-long educators

- family engagement in transitions

- family connections to peers and community, and 

- families as advocates and leaders

What do children learn in Head Start?

The primary goal for children in a Head Start classroom is school readiness.  Head Start defines school readiness as "children possessing the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life."  To accomplish this goal we focus on a number of strategies: physical development & health, social and emotional development, creative arts expression, approaches to learning, language development, literacy knowledge & skills, logic & reasoning, mathematic knowledge & skills, science knowledge & skills, and lastly social studies knowledge & skills.  If you would like to find out more information about any of these topics feel free to visit the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center.