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Head start

Head start. Katie cruz , Taylor Dopkin , Tori Appler. Mission Statement. T o improve the lives of low-income children by providing quality comprehensive child development services that are family focused, including education, health, nutrition and mental health.

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Head start

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  1. Head start Katie cruz, Taylor Dopkin, Tori Appler

  2. Mission Statement • To improve the lives of low-income children by providing quality comprehensive child development services that are family focused, including education, health, nutrition and mental health.

  3. How Can this be Accomplished? • By involving parents in the total operation and administration of the program and supporting the growth of children, families and staff through encouragement, nurturing, education and empowerment.

  4. Head Start: History • In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "The War on Poverty" in his State of the Union speech. • In 1965 Johnson announced Project Head Start in the White House Rose Garden. • In 1977 (under the Jimmy Carter administration) Head Start began bilingual/bicultural programs in about 21 states.

  5. What Social Problems does it address? • Unequal opportunities in education. • Nutrition.

  6. Services • Promotes educational development from ages birth-five for low income families. • Provides programs in order to service families and develop parenting skills. • Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships • Families as lifelong educators • Family connections to peers and community • Includes developing skills in: • Language & literacy • Cognitive development • Physical development and health • Social and emotional • Different approaches to learning

  7. Services • Head Start programs start from preschool-aged children, but also provide an “Early Head Start” program which services infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families of low incomes (below federal poverty level). • Offers part day or full day services.

  8. Video! • http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about


  10. Katie’S Experience • Energetic, playful kids looking for attention and love • Each of them wanted to show me something special, sit on my lap, play a game, or tell me about their family • Teachers would pull them aside for different tasks giving them a sense of leadership (line leader, caboose, clean up leader etc) • Painting, play-doh, books, blocks, cars, games, they loved music time and outside time • There was structure in the classroom (brush teeth, wash hands, follow directions, be respectful) • You could tell that the kids were happy to be there but overall just wanted love and attention

  11. Taylor’s Experience • Getting to meet several amazing young children ages 3-5 in their classroom. • Classroom split into sections so that each child could take turns playing with different toys and games. • Everyone wanted to share what they enjoyed: • Solving puzzles, building towers out of blocks, and playing on the computer • The classroom was set up so that all of the kids knew what to do at certain times and each task was assigned a leader. • There was a strong emphasis on responsibility and respect. • In order to do certain activities each child had answer a question to show what they had learned that day. • The teacher pulled them aside one at a time for a short lesson. • The children were all amazing and you could tell that they all enjoyed getting to be with their friends for the day.

  12. Tori’s Experience • The kids flocked to us (as Katie said, all they seemed to need was love and affection). • All of our songs were about bean bags. • Halfway reading through the book, Clifford, I asked the boy I was reading to if he cared that my accent was bad. He said no. I asked him if he knew what was going on in the story. He said no. Finally, I asked him if he even spoke Spanish. Guess what his answer was. • “Beyblades” is a universal game. • Everyone seemed to gain joy from knocking down my giant towers, boys and girls alike. • My experience related to the Rouse topics of problems in education opportunities and poverty (to a lesser degree).

  13. Reflection • Is it a “Head Start” or “catch up?” – Dunnigan • Will this organization really give these kids a chance they wouldn’t have had before attending?

  14. Bibliography • http://headstart.seta.net/ • http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about • http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.bell/background_history

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