Community Services

  • Working relationships with local partners = integration of services.
  • Local community linkages include: Health Departments, Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Stars, shelters, Center of New Directions, GED/ESL programs, Junior and Senior High Schools, Child Development Center, CASA, Idaho School or the Deaf and Blind, private social service providers, school districts, Refugee center, food pantries, Paint Magic, etc..
  • Team with senior programs; Foster Grandparents program, Green Thumb, and the Older Workers Program.
  • Head Start parents and staff involved in community activities. i.e.: Adopt-a-Highway, local soup kitchens, Adopted-a-Park
  • Annual projects: “Make a Difference Day”, community Health Fair and Week of the Young Child activities
  • Community members sit on our three advisory boards; Education, Health, and Family Services
  • "Read to Me" - Idaho State Library grant provides Story and Activities Hour for CSI Head Start classes. AND EVERY child receives a book to keep, each month.
  • "Childrens' Day Out" sponsored by the Regional Early Education Coordinating Council through Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.every April- at the Boys & Girls Club in Twin Falls. Hands-on activities for young children.

Twin Falls Health Initiative Grant from St Luke's Hospital for Magic Valley residents:

There are few services to families with limited resources or no insurance coverage. CSI HS/EHS requested funding to provide counseling services to parents in need of counseling for marriage, addiction, maternal depression or any other issue affecting mental health. The funds also provide PSR/IBI services to children who are not enrolled or eligible for Medicaid as they enter the Head Start program, with the provision that the family will complete the Medicaid application process to determine eligibility for Medicaid coverage without delay. Magic Valley

St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund-

CSI Head Start/EHS is using the funds to help families with counseling issues, outside of Twin Falls County that are either not covered under the families’ insurance or cannot afford insurance. The funds also help EHS mothers who need follow up medical/dental care, up to twelve months after the child is born that are underinsured or not covered. This grant goes through March 31, 2012. If funds are available in February/ March, there will be parent counseling groups in the various regions (Burley/Rupert, Jerome).



Community members and Head Start parents reading RIF books