October is Head Start Awareness Month
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[October 12, 2012]
Head Start Awareness Month is
observed in October. Head Start is often referred to as America's
most successful educational experiment. It began with high hopes for
success along with unwavering support from its founding committee,
and the program 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. Over 2,873 grantees provide Head Start services to
children and their families across America. Community Action
Partnership of Central Illinois is one of those grantees.
The Head Start program was developed in the mid-1960s as a result
of legislation known as the War on Poverty. Head Start has primarily
served at-risk children and their families since 1965 and has
provided educational services to over 28 million children since its
Community Action Head Start in Logan County has three classrooms
serving 96 children ages 3-5 in a center-based program.
Additionally, Community Action offers an Early Head Start option for
pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers up to age 3 in a home-based
setting. Thirty families are receiving comprehensive Early Head
Start services in their homes through weekly scheduled visits.
"Research demonstrates that Head Start is an effective program.
More importantly, we see the benefits of Head Start in the successes
our children and their families achieve every day," said Beth
Fleshman, Head Start director for Community Action. "Head Start
provides the most vulnerable children of our community with a window
of opportunity that encourage the necessary skills that will ensure
school readiness success."
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The Community Action Head Start program collaborates with a host
of agencies in Logan County. The program is grateful for their
support of children and families. If you would like to support or
volunteer for Community Action Head Start, call 732-2159 for
information to get started.
The 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
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of