Head Start, one of the longest running federal programs for children, will take another step into the future locally when two sites in Delaware County become full day programs in September. Delaware Opportunities, which operates the local program, has announced that sites in Arkville and in Davenport will both become full day programs starting in the fall of 2019, removing yet another barrier to participation for families with children in the age three to five age group.
The federally funded program of early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services was launched in 1965 by the President Lyndon Johnson administration and was reauthorized and amended in 1981 and again in 2007, having served 22 million children in its first 40 years of operation.
The program is designed to help pre-school children of income eligible families by providing a program to meet emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs to prepare children for public school.
The Arkville program takes children from as far away as Phoenicia and in many instances, transportation is offered. Students are now being sought for the local Head Start programs and parents interested may call 607.746.1640 for information and applications.
According to a statement from Delaware Opportunities, “parents are the most important influence on a child’s growth and development.” To support that concept, the Head Start Program seeks to support parents and to implement a program geared toward fostering a positive outlook toward education, self-concept and competency.