Okaloosa County Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children up to the age of 5 and their families. It works to increase the school readiness of young children in low-income families. The program features a variety of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development, as well as ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and experience. Okaloosa County Head Start also offers a range of services for pregnant women. The program adheres to The Head Start Program Performance Standards that defines the services that all Head Start programs are to provide to the children and families they serve. In addition, it collaborates with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides food services for students. Additionally, the program includes speech, language, hearing, vision and dental exams, as well as health screenings for children. Okaloosa County Head Start maintains a location in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.