"Head Start Day in the Park" this Saturday
Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:47 PM CDT
Recruitment and Enrollment Fair for early-childhood program
A Head Start success story: Jane describes her high school years as turbulent and destructive. She fought often with her mother and experienced moments of deep despair. When she discovered she was pregnant at the age of 16, she dropped out of high school. After a fight with her mother, she left home to live with her boyfriend.
Within a few months she made the positive decision to return home and re-enter school, where she met a Head Start prenatal services worker. She enrolled in Head Start's prenatal program, where she learned about pregnancy and childbirth in weekly 90-minute sessions with her home visitor.
After her baby's birth, she transitioned to Early Head Start, and her home visitor began to work with her on establishing and working toward goals for herself and her child. Jane's daughter recently graduated from Head Start and attends kindergarten, for which she was well-prepared. Jane finished high school, enrolled in college, and is now working for Head Start full-time and about to finish her bachelor's of arts in education.
Jane is a St. Louis Head Start success story, but hers is just one of thousands such stories being told this year around the country as Head Start celebrates 40 years of early childhood success. The St. Louis City Head Start Alliance celebrates this milestone with a "Head Start Day in the Park" Recruitment and Enrollment Fair. Families with age-eligible children (birth to five years) and expectant parents who live in the City of St. Louis are encouraged to attend the Fair in Forest Park on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: World's Fair Pavilion, Forest Park, across from the Saint Louis Zoo
When: Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Who: Families with age-eligible children (birth to five years) and expectant parents who reside in the City of St. Louis
Why: Parents want the best educational opportunities for their children. Studies show that children who complete the Head Start program are better prepared for Kindergarten, more likely to stay in school, have higher test scores and better grades, and are more likely to go on to college.
Who benefits: Parents whose children enroll in Head Start receive health and nutritional information, access to educational and employment resources, and advice on age-appropriate activities for their child's continued development. The Head Start program provides a safe, fun, culturally diverse learning environment. In several City Head Start programs, multiple languages are spoken. Both classroom and home-based options are available.
At the Head Start Day in the Park, families can:
* Learn more about Head Start and how to enroll their age-eligible children
* Enjoy free food and entertainment
* Meet local celebrities, such as DJ Dwight Stone of 100.3 the Beat.
* Receive free health screenings, including cholesterol and blood pressure checks for adults and blood pressure, lead tests, and height/weight screenings for children
* Apply for birth certificates and social security cards (required for Head Start enrollment) and Medicaid
For more information, contact Beth von Behren, at (636) 946-0101.