yrdstown Head Start Open House
Submitted by: Penny Meadows, Program Manager
The L.B.J.&C. Byrdstown Head Start would like to thank all the local businesses for their contributions to our Open House. We would also like to thank all of our families and the community for taking time out of their busy schedule to attend our Open House.
L.B.J.&C. Head Start is named for the original four county seats-Livingston, Byrdstown, Jamestown and Cookeville. It has been in existence since 1965. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) is our source of funding with 20% matching share coming from the local community through volunteer hours of service, materials used in the program, and/or monetary donations made to the program. Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive childcare services.
L.B.J.&C. Head Start serves 1,324 low-income 3-&4-year old children in the middle Tennessee counties (12) of Clay, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Warren, and White. We serve at least 10% disability children. Head Start is open 5 days a week, Our core hours are 8 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with extended hours parents working or in school. The Byrdstown Head Start has 37 slots available for eligible children.
L.B.J.&C. Head Start provides the following services: Nutrition, Health Screenings, Dental, Disability, Education, Parent Involvement, Volunteer, Family Services, Transition, Transportation, for field trips and health visits, and Training and Development for stuff, parents and volunteers.
Head Start is continuing to raise the expectations for children we serve by increasing the quality and quantity of language and literacy expectations. Although many factors influence children's ability to succeed in school and later in life, among the most important are learning to read and write.
Beyond the traditional and fundamental
value of reading and writing, rapid advances in communications and computer technology have created profound changes in the ways were use reading and writing to share information, communicate events and ideas, and conduct business-changes that have also affected the way children learn and how we teach. We, in Head Start, have an obligation to enhance the literacy skills of all children learn and how we teach. We, in Head Start, have an obligation to enhance the literacy skills of all children to help prepare them to succeed in school and later in life.
Parent's participation is not required as a condition of their child's enrollment, participation is voluntary. However, Head Start needs Parental input into all aspects of the Head Start Program. L.B.J.&C. Head Start plays a key role in all communities that we are located in. Head Start depends on the community for support, guidance, resources, and advocacy. The community depends on Head Start for improving the quality of our society by giving children a foundation to succeed in life and providing needed services to families.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Byrdstown Head Start, contact Sharon York, Center Supervisor at 931-864-3575.