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Head Start Vision Statement

Head Start, a community based national initiative, is a proven model that sets a national standard for preparing a diverse array of low- income children for success in school and later life, for supporting their families as they strive for economic self sufficiency, and for providing an effective environment where parents and professionals work and grow. The Head Start Administrator, Mrs. Almetra Franklin, oversees all aspects of the Head Start Program operations. Amanda Caffery serves as Assistant Head Start Director. The St. Mary/ Vermilion Head Start Program is sponsored by the St. Mary Community Action Agency, Inc. with administrative offices located at 1407 Barrow Street in Franklin and 1600 North State Street in Abbeville, and ten centers throughout St. Mary Parish. St. Mary/ Vermilion CAA Head Start Program has been operating in our community since 1967. The motto of the program is “Touching Children, Reaching Families”. The program staff works with both the children and their parents to provide a variety of educational and enrichment activities. Children receive medical and dental care, nutritious meals and safe, stimulating plat at Head Start.

What is HeadStart

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low- income families by developing skills and enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Heart Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains: * Language and Literacy *Cognition and General Knowledge *Physical Development and Health *Social and Emotional Development * Approaches to Learning Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support: *Family well--being and positive parent-child  relationships *Families as learners and lifelong educators *Family engagement in transitions *Family connections to peers and community *Families as advocates and leaders

Head Start Philosophy

Head Start is a national program that provides comprehensive developmental services for America’s low-income, pre-school children ages three to five and social services for their families. Specific services for children focus on education, social-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition. The cornerstone of the program is parent and community involvement. It is the philosophy of St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start that every child and family should be assisted in developing to their potential as conscientious, socially competent, well-educated human beings. Parents should be assisted to increase educational achievements, build vocational skills, and enhanced competencies that result in an overall more positive self-image, higher degree of self confidence, and increased self discipline. Furthermore, the Administration believes children should be encouraged in self expression, curiosity, positive social interaction and critical thinking, St, Mary/ Vermilion CAA Head Start provides a learning environment for children and their families that are dedicated to enabling every participant to develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in an age and developmentally appropriate manner.

Head Start’s Program’s Goal

It is the goal of the St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start Program to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy,mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning. To promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary. To emphasize cognitive, language and socio- emotional development to enable each child to develop and function at his or her highest potential. To engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals. To be responsive to the changing needs of working parents.
St. Mary / Vermilion Community Action Agency, Inc. Helping People, Changing Lives

St. Mary /  Vermilion Head Start Program

© St. Mary Community Action Agency

Head Start Vision

Statement

Head Start, a community based national initiative, is a proven model that sets a national standard for preparing a diverse array of low-income children for success in school and later life, for supporting their families as they strive for economic self sufficiency, and for providing an effective environment where parents and professionals work and grow. The Head Start Administrator, Mrs. Almetra Franklin, oversees all aspects of the Head Start Program operations. Amanda Caffery serves as Assistant Head Start Director. The St. Mary/ Vermilion Head Start Program is sponsored by the St. Mary Community Action Agency, Inc. with administrative offices located at 1407 Barrow Street in Franklin and 1600 North State Street in Abbeville, and ten centers throughout St. Mary Parish. St. Mary/ Vermilion CAA Head Start Program has been operating in our community since 1967. The motto of the program is “Touching Children, Reaching Families”. The program staff works with both the children and their parents to provide a variety of educational and enrichment activities. Children receive medical and dental care, nutritious meals and safe, stimulating plat at Head Start.

What is

HeadStart

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by developing skills and enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Heart Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in the following domains: * Language and Literacy *Cognition and General Knowledge *Physical Development and Health *Social and Emotional Development * Approaches to Learning Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support: *Family well--being and positive parent-child  relationships *Families as learners and lifelong educators *Family engagement in transitions *Family connections to peers and community *Families as advocates and leaders

Head Start Philosophy

Head Start is a national program that provides comprehensive developmental services for America’s low-income, pre-school children ages three to five and social services for their families. Specific services for children focus on education, social-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition. The cornerstone of the program is parent and community involvement. It is the philosophy of St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start that every child and family should be assisted in developing to their potential as conscientious, socially competent, well-educated human beings. Parents should be assisted to increase educational achievements, build vocational skills, and enhanced competencies that result in an overall more positive self-image, higher degree of self confidence, and increased self discipline. Furthermore, the Administration believes children should be encouraged in self expression, curiosity, positive social interaction and critical thinking, St, Mary/ Vermilion CAA Head Start provides a learning environment for children and their families that are dedicated to enabling every participant to develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in an age and developmentally appropriate manner.

Head Start’s Program’s Goal

It is the goal of the St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start Program to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy,mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning. To promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary. To emphasize cognitive, language and socio- emotional development to enable each child to develop and function at his or her highest potential. To engage parents in their children’s learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy, and employment goals. To be responsive to the changing needs of working parents.
St. Mary / Vermilion Community Action Agency, Inc. Helping People, Changing Lives

St. Mary /  Vermilion Head Start

Program