My Kansas City Mommy recently became aware of the Head Start Program, something I now admit was never on my radar. I am almost embarrassed to say my understanding was very short sighted, as I thought Head Start was preschool for economically challenged families and that was it. After having a conversation with a local representative for Region 7 (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa) I can now say I am much more enlightened.
SO....What is Head Start?
In other words Head Start is not just preschool, but a sort of menu of programs that provide services to those most vulnerable children in our society, with a whole family approach to their needs. They don't just enroll a child in the Head Start Program, they enroll the entire family and think of them and support them as if it were their own family. As moms we all know how important it is for our children to have their needs met. I am so very thankful there is a program like this available and sad after finding out they are currently losing funding and having to cut programs to our most vulnerable children (and programs really means, cut families and children out of things they desperately need).
Since 1965, Head Start has represented a national commitment to America's most vulnerable children and has opened a window of opportunity for more than 27 million people who have gone on to achieve success in all walks of life. 27 million is a very large number and if you like them on facebook I think you will be surprised by some of the people Head Start has helped.
I can also tell you that at one point in my earlier years, I could have benefited from this program, had I known it was available. I was a single mom at a young age who had to work very hard and struggle to get where I am today. Thus the reason I have written this post to "get the word out" and help others learn more about these programs and their need for our assistance at this time.