About the Program


The Summit County Early/Head Start program is a comprehensive continuum of support and education to families and children zero to five years in age.  Our Early/Head Start program is a partnership between Summit County Government (grantee), Summit School District, Early Childhood Options and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.

The Summit County Head Start program started serving children in Summit County in 2003.  The grant serves 35 children each year aged 3-5 years from low-income families.  Head Start works in partnership with the families and the community in providing preschool education, health services for children, and self-sufficiency services to the family.   Summit County Head Start takes pride in participating in an integrated program model within the School District preschool classrooms and a community based center program.  Programs focus on the importance of child initiation, creative play, hands-on discovery, and continuous exposure to developmentally appropriate activities for each child.  Head Start children are located in School District classrooms in Dillon Valley Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary and Upper Blue Elementary.  Summit County Preschool is our community center.

In January 2010, Summit County was notified of an award of an Early Head Start expansion grant.  Summit County Early Head Start serves 24 low- income  infants, toddlers (ages 0-3), pregnant woman and their families.  Early Head Start children receive services in their homes through a home-visitation-program and 5 slots are allocated for childcare at Summit County Preschool.  Summit County Early Head Start promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, enhances the development of infants and toddlers, and promotes healthy family functioning.

The staff are:

Elizabeth Lowe- Director, 970-406-3063, [email protected]

Carly Nixon- Family Engagement Specialist (bilingual) 970-406-3069, [email protected]

Adriana Salcido- Family Engagement Specialist, 970-406-3061, [email protected]

Sarah Berman- Family Engagement Specialist, 970-406-3072, [email protected]

Emily Schwier- Data & Systems Manager, 970-406-3066, [email protected]

Katharine Orr- Mental Health Consultant, 970-406-3060, [email protected]

Lenka Robitaille – Health Tracking Specialist, [email protected]