Hundreds of children and their families are affected by the Head Start programs of Warren County. The Head Start program is built upon the understanding that the development of young children is greatly influenced by the family unit, their community and their health. The program is designed for 3- and 4-year-olds to receive a solid educational foundation before pre-kindergarten.
Jeanette Scott, the family engagement assistant and supervisor at Midway Head Start and her staff held an open house yesterday at the facility.
“We want the community to learn more about Head Start and what we provide here,” said Scott. “It’s a great program that provides educational opportunities for youngsters three or four years old at no charge.”
Throughout the day, parents, grandparents and other family members visited the school and took advantage of the resources available. Representatives from the Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program were on hand with their nutrition program which assists individuals and their families improve their diets.
Lt. Jimmy Neal and trooper Wendell Reagan with the Tennessee Highway Patrol visited with parents letting them know the importance of car seats for their children, as well as proper installation.
Three-year-olds are the focus audience of Tennessee’s Early Intervention System. TEIS realizes the importance of early intervention for providing a good education for children with special needs or developmental delays.
The Upper Cumberland Relative Caregiver Program assists grandparents, aunts/uncles or other relatives as they assist in the caregiving of children. The program provides help both emotionally and financially.
The organization ACT works with Head Start students making mental health evaluations and making recommendations.
Magness Library children’s librarians Emi Little and Mary Albritton had a creative display of books, crafts and services available at the library. They provide story time each Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. for children through 4 years of age. They can enjoy a story and a craft activity with their parent.
A wholesome, fun and educational day was enjoyed by over 60 parents or caregivers at Midway Head Start.