Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse signed a proclamation declaring October as Head Start Awareness Month in recognition of the 35th anniversary of Head Start.
In celebration of this anniversary, Head Start honors the community partners who help perform its mission of working with low-income preschool children and their families. The anniversary theme, "We're Counting On You!" focuses on thanking the local and national agencies and individuals who have assisted with training, resources, medical care and other needs of the program's children, families and staff members.
The congress of the United States launched the Head Start program in 1965 to provide preschool children of low income families a comprehensive, family-centered, child development program to meet their educational, emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. The federal initiative has resulted in the establishment of 13 Early Head Start programs in Iowa and the children of Iowa have benefited and continue to benefit from these exemplary programs.
One of the most significant factors in the success of Head Start is the involvement of parents, volunteers and the community. These community partners, along with many dedicated staff members, have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a "Head Start" in life.
For more information about Head Start, or to obtain an application, contact Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. at 1-800-245-6151.