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Northern Panhandle Head Start

Serving Pregnant Women & Families With Children, Birth to Five Years Old in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall & Wetzel Counties of West Virginia.


Disabilities Services

Our goal is to provide inclusive classrooms and focus on the strengths of all children.

In accordance with the Head Start federal regulations, we complete developmental screenings for all children enrolled in the Head Start (ages 3-5) and the Early Head Start (prenatal to age 3) programs within 45 days of enrollment. . The Ages and Stages developmental screening tool is administered for those children enrolled in Early Head Start while the DIAL3 developmental screening tool is used with the preschool population. Additional screenings included are speech and hearing, and heights and weights. Screenings are designed to inform us if further testing is needed for the individual child. 
When a screening result does indicate that further testing is necessary, a referral is made to West Virginia Birth to Three Services for children enrolled in Early Head Start and to the county school system in which the individual child enrolled in Head Start resides. Further evaluation then determines if an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan for Early Head Start enrollees) or an IEP (Individualized Education Plan for Head Start enrollees) is needed. Once an individualized plan is developed, our staff make the necessary adaptations in the classroom to be sure that we are meeting the needs of the individual child.

For more information please contact:

Amanda Huntsman, Child Development/Disabilities Coordinator

1 Orchard Road,
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-233-3290, Extension 5008



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