The virtual proclamation signing for Head Start Awareness Month took place Thursday morning.
Head Start is a program that is dedicated to helping low-income, high-risk kids to succeed academically and in their everyday lives.
Attending the virtual signing were the Board of Education, Head Start Program Director Catherine Schroeder, the Governor’s office, and of course the Head Start staff and students.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that although they are missing the physical presence of the Head Start kids and their families, they are happy to be able to go through with the signing and keep to the program’s core mission.
“In light of where we are during this pandemic, we realize that there’s so much work in education that we have to do with parents, with community partners, just to adjust to what we’re doing to continue education for our kids. But it’s important to know that in Head Start, this is done in all years, every year, you know, every day, that Head Start is operating,” Fernandez said.
He added: “There is that active engagement with parents, there’s an involvement with the families, there are services that are provided to the families and supports for our kids to get them ready for school because truly, Head Start is not just about academics but breaking the cycle of poverty and helping uplift families so they can become, you know, as productive as possible in making the dreams of their kids a reality.”
For more information on how to participate and show your support for Headstart Awareness Month, check out their website and Facebook page.