Give Children a Head Start
March 2, 2017 by Head Start
What if you could give a child a head start in life? Not just in education, but health, social, and nutritional readiness for the world around them. That’s the goal of the national Head Start program, which is focused on promoting school readiness for children in low income families. Since its creation in 1965, Head Start has served more than 33 million children from birth to 5 years old and their families.
Head Start offers a variety of services, including:
- Early learning, which helps with individualized learning experiences, planned and spontaneous instruction, and play to develop social skills, emotional well-being, language and literacy learning, and concept development.
- Health support, with development screening, nutritious meals, oral health, and mental health support. This program also helps to connect their families with medical, dental, and mental health services.
- Family well-being support to achieve their own goals, like housing stability, continued education, and financial security.
Head Start serves a diverse group of children, families, and pregnant women, with 43% white, 29% African American, and 38% Hispanic. Out of those families, the percentage of those with health support grew, especially in dental care, between the time they first enrolled until the end of their enrollment.
To continue helping children and their families, Head Start has partnered with many local based organizations, including the Greater Phoenix Urban League. Through the Urban League, we seek to enhance the development of our valley children, while empowering their families and strengthening our community.
If you would like to learn more about our Head Start program or if you’d like to support it by making a donation, you can do so on our website. You can also find updates and more on our Facebook page.