“This year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Diversity in Head Start,’ showcases the ethnic and cultural multiplicity among the children, parents and staff,” said Almetra J. Franklin, chief executive officer.
Franklin said the goal of the event is to promote Head Start Awareness throughout the communities.
The highlight of the week will be Thursday when local mayors will sign a proclamation declaring October as Head Start Awareness Month in St. Mary and Vermilion parishes.
Also Thursday, local public officials and community dignitaries will visit various Head Start Centers to read a story to the children.
Residents and local officials are also invited to visit the annual Community Fair, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday until noon at the St. Mary CAA Central Office in Franklin.
Participants will learn about community resources and various programs the agency has to offer. Vendors for that day include Acadiana Works, Teche Action Clinic, Anytime Fitness, Sheriff’s Department, and local Home Health Agencies. The fair will also feature St. Mary CAA’s programs including Operation Jumpstart, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Head Start and Housing.
Head Start families are also participating by making Family Booklets which will be displayed throughout the centers. A list of activities for the remaining days of the week is as follows:
Monday: Invite your Mom to School Day. Encourage all moms to visit the centers and volunteer for a day.
Tuesday: Community Awareness Day. All centers are asked to invite community helpers to visit the centers.
Wednesday: “Invite your Dad to School Day.”
Encourage all dads and father figures to volunteer in the Head Start centers.
Thursday: Head Start Awareness Day.
Friday: Cultural Awareness Day. Head Start centers are asked to promote a culture and encourage children to dress in that particular culture.
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Head Start recognizes that parents are the first and most important teachers in their child’s life. Parent interaction in all activities is encouraged with community partners and staff to help the children progress.
Head Start serves the total family and offers supportive services including an array of training on many subjects, such as parenting classes, job training, discussions on health and nutrition and using resources in your own community. For questions regarding Head Start Awareness, call 828-5703.