October is Head Start Awareness Month

This month Region 14 Education Service Center Head Start and others like it across the country will join together to celebrate and strengthen the nation’s awareness of the Head Start Program.Head Start families have long recognized the positive effects the program has on their children. On average, Head Start graduates rank higher in language, literacy, social conduct and physical development than their non-Head Start peers. Head Start children are also significantly more likely to complete high school and attend college than those who did not participate in the program. With more than 25 million alumni to date, Head Start is making a positive impact on the lives of eligible pre-school children across the country.Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to income-eligible families and their children.Region 14 Education Service Center Head Start serves 11 school districts in eight counties. "We have 18 Head Start classrooms with children, 3 and 4 years old; seven Early Head Start classrooms with children, birth to 3 years old; and a Home Based program serving 12 families in Haskell and Jones County," said Susan O’Brien with Region 14 ESC. "There are a total of 372 children served by Region 14 Head Start. Our districts include Albany, Anson, Breckenridge, Colorado City, Hamlin, Haskell, Merkel (Tye), Rotan, Stamford and Sweetwater."For more information, contact Region 14 Education Service Center Head Start at 325-675-8685.