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Head Start Awareness Month

Lowcountry Community Action Agency Inc (LCAA) Early/Head Start joined other programs across the country to celebrate Head Start’s 55th year of providing service to the children and their families during the month of October. The month-long celebration focuses Head Start’s dedication to strengthening the nation’s awareness of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Head Start’s philosophy “ is to provide all children, including children with special needs, with individualized care and guidance in reaching their full potential “. LCAA Early/Head Start announced the commencement of Head Start Awareness Month, by inviting principals and local leaders, parents, and community service personnel to come out and read to the children at the Cottageville and Hampton center locations. The Head Start Awareness Celebration Program was done at both centers; the Cottageville Center celebration was held on October 16, 2019, and the Hampton Center in Estill was held on October 17, 2019.
Redelma W. Saxby, Disability/Mental Health Coordinator said, “Due to inclement weather, most activities had to be held inside. Activities included parents doing hands-on activities with their children. The children also performed on the program doing skits and songs on stage in front of their parents and community guest.” Several local agencies participated and donated to the event. Colleton County Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), First Steps and Colleton County Memorial Library also participated. LCAA’s Fatherhood Program prepared and served the meal for the day to parents and families to enjoy with their children. The character dog “Lucky Dog” from Ace Rental and the pig from our local Piggly Wiggly “Mr. Pig” also came out to entertain the children. Both Ace Rental and Piggly Wiggly donated treats and fun gifts for each child to receive on the day of the celebration.
There was a balloon release to commemorate Head Start Awareness Month and the impact Head Start programs have had on early childhood education. Back on Oct. 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month and later in 1994 Early Head Start was established to also serve infants and toddlers under the age of three and pregnant women. However, Head Start’s history spans a riveting period in the United States. Rooted in the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s, Head Start was part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965. Head Start was designed to help end poverty by providing pre-school children from low-income families with a program that would meet emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. It is the longest-running, national child development program in the United States. Since 1965 Head Start has continued to provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent engagement services to low-income children and their families.
Head Start families recognize the positive influence the program has on their children. On average, Head Start graduates rank higher in language, literacy, social conduct and physical development than their non-head Start peers. Head Start children are also significantly more likely to complete high school and attend college than those who did not participate in the program. With more than 25 million alumni to date, Head Start is making a positive impact on the lives of low-income children and families across the country. Saxby said, “During the course of the year both the Cottageville and Hampton centers hold scheduled activities and events to showcase the center and its children. Head Start currently provides services to 312 children and their families throughout two counties. We appreciate and thank each and everyone who came to the celebration. We are extremely grateful for all who donated and supported the event. Our gratitude is not lost on the overwhelming support we receive from parents and the community as a whole.”
LCAA Early/Head Start Central Office is located in Walterboro. For more information about the Head Start program please call the central office at (843) 835-2760.

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