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"The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation."

-Ray L. Wilbur, third president of Standard University

The Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) Head Start Disabilities Services Plan begins with a quote from Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brown v. Board of Education (1954):

In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right that must be made available on equal terms.

Based on this philosophy, and in accordance with the Federal Head Start mandate to make at least 10 percent of its enrollment opportunities available to children with disabilities, BSACAP Head Start has an active recruitment process designed to seek out children with special needs within its five county service area who are in need of comprehensive services.

Services include, but are not limited to:

Helping each child become more independent, self reliant and to develop a positive self concept;

Providing opportunities for children with disabilities to play and learn with non-disabled children;

Approaching each child's needs on an individualized basis through the formulation of an Individualized Education Program, thus meeting the unique needs and capabilities of the child and the special circumstances of his/her family;

Offering services to parents in meeting the special needs of their child.



Disabilities Served By BSACAP Head Start ~ 2019-2020 School Year

Communication Disorders
Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Mild to Moderate Disabilities




The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
(ECLKC) Disabilities Page

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Resources Include:

  • The Head Start Disabilities Services Monthly Newsletter
  • Webinar Series on High Quality Inclusion
  • Program Planning
  • Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Staff Support and Supervision
  • Families Too!
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Division for Early Childhood
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The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is an international membership organization that supports and promotes evidence-based practices that enhance the development of young children with special needs or who are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.