For the month of October, we celebrate a program dedicated to helping low-income and high-risk students to do well academically and in their daily lives.
The Guam Head Start Program has a list of activities set for this month, most of which will be held virtually as the island is still in PCOR1 and physically distancing is required.
According to Head Start Program Director Catherine Schroeder, the federally funded program ensures that children and their families are provided additional education so that children will be on par with their peers once they enter school and help their families to succeed in life.
Schroeder also lists the number of activities planned for this month that supports the program’s promotion of healthy nutrition, parental involvement, mental health, and more.
“The Governor usually signs a proclamation declaring this as Head Start Awareness Month. We have a mental health day, especially now during COVID. We’re encouraging everybody to take deep breaths, relax, go do something within the parameters of our PCOR1. We encourage family literacy, we encourage outdoor activities for families, we give them ideas on how to do that,” Shroeder said.
She added: “For each school, I think, this year it’s going to be a motorcade through the village. Each school used to do a parade of awareness.”
Head Start also has a parent conference every October, but this year it will be virtual.
“We also are this year providing the knowledge series training which is new that’s come out of Head Start. We’re asking parents to do a literacy project where they write their own book,” Shroeder said.
The virtual proclamation signing with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to proclaim October as Head Start Awareness Month is on October 15 at 10 am, live streaming on the Governor’s Facebook Page.
The Head Start program also has an ongoing online activity where parents, staff, former staff and former Head Start students can post about their Head Start experiences on their social media with the hashtag #myheadstartstory and tag them @guamheadstart.