Positive Steps Toward Success
Head Start has a time-tested tradition of success in helping children, their parents and their communities. The program also has a clear set of core values that remain at the heart of its programs.
Head Starts primary concern, of course, is the well-being of children. Accordingly, it’s vision for children is:
- school readiness,
- assuring their basic health needs are met and
- that their social, emotional and physical growth continues throughout their lifetime.
But Head Start offers even more opportunity. For parents, it strengthens their role as primary educators and nurturers of their children. In fact, Head Start forges strong bonds with parents every day, encouraging them to become involved in all aspects of the program – and in all aspects of their children’s lives.
For communities in southeast MN (updated for us), Head Start plays a pivotal role in developing a continuum of care, education and services that allows stable and uninterrupted support to families. The goal? To build communities in which every child and adult is treated as an individual, and understands they are an important part of a much larger group. Head Start is committed to cultivating partnerships within the community. And it fully understands that communities have roots in many cultures. Armed with that understanding, head Start children, their families and staff can work together to promote respectful and positive approaches to diversity.
There’s more! Head Start children save money for taxpayers. Every dollar invested in a Head Start program brings a later savings of up to $18 per child – from reduced spending on remedial services, lower dropout rates and fewer problems requiring state assistance.
“We loved Head Start! My children learned so much and had so much fun doing it”
“Head Start has prepared my child for his next step in learning and has improved his social skills.”
“Head Start staff is willing to help in any way possible.”
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