Month of October slated as Head Start month

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

Ross Head Start students of Crowley began the month of October, which also serves as Head Start Awareness Month, by visiting City Hall, where Mayor Greg Jones signed an official proclamation in observance of this annual event.

As stated in the school’s agenda, Head Start serves families within the context of the community, and recognizes that many other agencies and groups work with the same families. Head Start provides education, health and social services to eligible families with the goal of ensuring that all children who are enrolled are ready to begin school.

Education includes standards that are regulated by the United States. Health services include screenings, health and dental check-ups, and social services provide each family with information in accessing community resources.

The objective of this month-long observance is to ensure that grantee and delegate agencies collaborate with partners within the community in order to provide the highest level of services to children and their families, to “foster the development of a continuum of family centered services, and to advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures.”

Kathy Langlinais of Crowley Head Start remarked, “We have many events that will be held throughout the month in observance of this special occasion.”

Today’s schedule includes a United Way Story Hour. On Wednesday, October 7, the Crowley Fire Department will visit the school at 9:30 a.m. in observance of Fire Safety Week, which is observed from Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9. Students will visit the Crowley Wal-Mart in commemoration with the store’s literacy program on Thursday, October 8. To complete the week, a Head Start Parade will occur at 10 a.m. beginning at the school, proceeding down Western Avenue.

During the week beginning Monday, October 19, students will observe Bus Safety Week, followed by the week beginning Monday, October 26, slated as Red Ribbon Week.

Head Start began in 1965, and was later updated by the Head Start Act of 1981. It went through its most intense revisions in its latest re-authorization in December of 2007. As the end of the year in 2005 drew to a close, more than 22 million preschool aged children have participated in Head Start. Services were then initiated by 1604 different programs that now operate in more than 48,000 classrooms across the country.

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