October is Head Start Awareness Month
October 9, 2013, Lincoln, IL, The Head Start program was developed in the mid-1960’s as a result of legislation known as the War on Poverty. Head Start is often referred to as America’s most successful educational experiment. High hopes for success along with unwavering support from its founding committee, Head Start remains the nation’s leading investment in Early Childhood care and education.
Head Start provides a range of comprehensive services that include education, health, nutrition, parental involvement and family support services. Head Start has primarily served at-risk children and their families since 1965. Head Start has provided educational services to over 28 million children since its inception. There are over 2,873 grantees providing Head Start services to children and their families across America. Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is one of these grantees.
Community Action Head Start has three (3) classrooms serving 96 children ages 3-5 in a center based program in Logan County. Additionally, Community Action also offers an Early Head Start option for pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers up to age 3 in a home based setting. Thirty (30) families are receiving comprehensive Early Head Start services in their homes through weekly scheduled visits.
“The effectiveness of Head Start is evident in the successes achieved by children and families each day and through research conducted on a National level. Community Action Head Start not only provides services to children from birth through age five, but also to the families to ensure all participants enter Kindergarten ready for success.” said Holly Roper, Head Start Director.
Community Action Head Start program collaborates with a host of agencies in Logan County. We are grateful for their support of children and families. If you would like to support and/or volunteer for Community Action Head Start program, please call 732-2159 for information to get started.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit agency serving the low-income and senior populations of six counties in central Illinois. For more information, visit www.capcil.org.