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Head Start Program celebrates 50 years

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    The mission statement for the Head Start Program goes like this:
    "Head Start promotes school preparation by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. It has recently been changed to, “Helping people. Changing lives. Building communities.”

    Starting off small, the Head Start Program has grown considerably around the last half century. Chances are high that if you are reading this, you were either in the Head Start program yourself as a young child, or at least knew someone that was. Or currently is.

    In my opinion, this is an extremely valuable and (mostly) across the board success story of a government run program, that does much good toward a whole host of challenges, when it comes to introducing a young child into this culture of ours. From helping poverty-stricken households with necessities and bills, to getting young children ready for the public education system as early as possible, to educating both parents and children alike on the value and need for proper health and hygiene, just to name a few..

    Not everyone agrees with me though. And I'm sure that everyone here has their own opinions, both good and bad, when it comes to the actual implementation of this program. I wonder, now that the program has been around for 50 years, how do you view its progress and usefulness for our 3-5 year olds? Do you think it works?
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    I'm a firm proponent of the Head Start program and I think it's a program that needs to be greatly expanded. This program provides a wide variety of services for expecting mothers and then to their children after they are born. I want nothing more than to ensure that every child, regardless of their background, is prepared to enter kindergarten and beyond.

    Head Start is a program that I think should be looked at as apolitical. The education of our children shouldn't be a left or right issue, it should be an American issue. Intelligent children hopefully become intelligent adults who will push our society forward. I do appreciate that everyone won't agree with me, but it is how I feel.