On October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October to be Head Start Awareness Month. More than thirty years later, his words still ring true. “Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a head start in life.” – Ronald Reagan
Did you know?
- Nearly 37,000 Johnson County residents live below the federal poverty level of which 12,000 are children (United Community Services 2014 Johnson County Poverty Numbers released 2015)
- Living at 100% of the federal poverty level means that a family of three is living off of a meager $20,090
For fifty years, Growing Futures has been strengthening and supporting children and families right here in Johnson County by focusing on the whole family. Currently, Growing Futures is serving more than 200 low-income children (birth to 5), their families, and expectant mothers – providing services for health, nutrition, social services, mental health, and opportunities for parent education and involvement. Everything we do is geared toward empowering families on their path to self-sufficiency.
It’s a proven fact – Head Start Works.
- 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before age 5. By making early childhood education available to children, we take advantage of a crucial period of their development.
- Studies show that high-quality early childhood programs are the best way to support improved academic outcomes in K-12 education. Children who attend early childhood programs are far more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn, read at grade level by third grade, and graduate from high school and even college.
- Early childhood education is a proven way to ensure children will succeed academically and help prevent crime and violence.
- Studies demonstrate Early Head Start and Head Start improve the health of the children and families served.
- Decades of research proves society receives nearly $9 in benefits for every $1 invested in Head Start children, including savings on unemployment and child welfare.
I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to our supportive community partners, friends, volunteers, and Growing Futures’ staff for continuing to make a difference right here in our community. Without you, providing a “head start” to thousands of children and their families over the years would be impossible.
I ask you to please join us this month, as we celebrate Head Start!
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