Local organizations visiting the children of Atchison County Head Start included Atchison County’s Librarian (top photo), Rock Port Police Department (below), and Rock Port Fire Department (above).

October was Head Start Awareness Month. Head Start programs promote school readiness for children up to five years old by working with them and teaching at their own pace. During Head Start Awareness Month, we celebrate all the work these programs have done for families and children in our communities. Here are a few ways Head Start programs support children’s growth and development through their services:

Health – All children receive health and developmental screenings, mental health support, and nutritious meals, as well as medical and dental services.

Early Learning – Head Start knows children’s readiness for school comes from learning experiences as well as their environments. These programs help kids form relationships with adults and other children so they grow in many aspects of development.

Family Well-Being – Head Start programs strengthen and support children’s relationships with their parents, and bring families together to show the importance of education, financial security, and housing stability. (Head Start offers help in all these areas.)

If you or someone you know have a child that would benefit from this wonderful program, please feel free to call your local Head Start.