Reader Applauds Head Start
This week was Head Start Awareness Week, so I found it fitting to spread a little awareness about this amazing program. Two years ago was the first that I’d ever heard of Head Start. I’d asked around about the program and was met with mostly negative feedback. Things like “it’s just a free daycare”, “there is no cirriculum”, “the children there are not taught anything, they just run around playing all day.” As the mother of a two-year old boy, who was not speaking (AT ALL); was not interacting with his peers; and was not potty trained yet, I knew that there was something more out there for him. So my husband and I decided to give the Head Start program a try. We have since discovered that it was one of the BEST decisions we could have made for him. Not only do they provide a safe and caring environment for the children, they provide exactly what their namesake is…a “head start” for children who, otherwise, may not have had that opportunity. After only a few months, with constant guidance, education, and specific therapies, my child was not only speaking in sentences, he was THRIVING in every aspect! I attribute this to not only his teachers, but to ALL of the staff at Head Start. Not only were they kind and caring, but also informative and involved. They are all an amazing group of people, and the program they run is top notch. I just felt it was very important to recognize all of them and take a moment to thank each and every one of them for everything that they do for our community, and for our children. I’d like to say a special thank you for all of the time, patience, caring and love that you’ve shown to my children. We appreciate you ladies more that you know! HEADSTART ROCKS!
Wade, Amanda, Dane and Gracie Gist
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