Head Start Awareness Month
October is National Head Start Awareness Month! Head Start is a program that provides support to children up to five years old from low-income families, and promotes school readiness. The Head Start program was started in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide health, nutrition, and educational opportunities for children and families. Many Head Start programs are located in centers and schools, however there are others that are located in child care centers, family child care homes, or are home-based.
The three areas that the Head Start program focuses on are: early learning, health, and family well-being. As part of early learning, children form relationships with adults and other children in the program. The goal is to prepare children for a school environment, and provide them with learning experiences on an individualized basis. Children who participate in Head Start receive health development screenings, which ensure that their perceptual, motor, and physical development are on track. Head Start programs also connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services when needed. Family well-being is another goal of the Head Start program, which aims to strengthen and support parent- child relationships by contributing to housing stability, continued education, and financial security.
There are 1,700 Head Start agencies in local communities that provide services to over one million children every year. Our own Luana Robinson, LPC consults with Adams County Head Start staff to provide behavioral support and improved intervention methods for children in the program. If you would like to help raise awareness for the Head Start program, be sure to share on social media, or even donate to the program by visiting headstartawareness.org.