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Head Start Headlines
Parent Spotlight: Laisa “Chica” Caldwell, Children’s Institute, Inc. Parent and LACOE Head Start Policy Council Community Representative
Laisa “Chica” Caldwell first learned of Head Start in 2002 when she saw signs for a preschool at her neighborhood elementary school. She was initially attracted to the program for her eldest daughter, Angel, who was two and a half years old—but she soon realized the program could assist her with much more.
2016 Be a Hero: Take Your Child to Preschool Day
Executive Director’s Message: Serving Kids with CLASS
As you’ve certainly heard by now, Office of Head Start (OHS) will be sending Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) reviewers to assess teacher-child interactions in dozens of our classrooms this year. Before they arrive, our goal is to strengthen your interactions with children through professional development and coaching to reinforce and enhance the great practices you already employ.
Dollar per Child Campaign: One Dollar for Every Child
Millions of American children are in desperate need of the opportunity for success that Head Start and Early Head Start offer. National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) advocacy efforts raise awareness of their need and help to keep the window of opportunity open for more children. Not a single dollar of federal funds or NHSA membership dues is spent in support of advocacy work.
Financial Aid Resources for Teachers
LA County Parents Stand Up Against Unhealthy Food Marketing
Children today grow up seeing plenty of unhealthy food ads at home, on the road, and even at school. Even more troubling is that unhealthy food marketing has been shown to contribute to childhood obesity. Talk to your parents about why marketing matters and let them know how parents in their community are fighting back.
ALL Kids Can Get the Care They Need
ALL income-eligible kids, regardless of immigration status, qualify for full-scope Medi-Cal. This means that undocumented children will be able to get the full array of preventive and treatment-related health care that they were previously ineligible for because of their immigration status. Medi-Cal is either no or low cost, depending on family income.
Parent Spotlight: Sergio Morales, ABC Unified School District Parent and LACOE Head Start Policy Council Treasurer
In 2012, Sergio Morales enrolled his oldest daughter (now eight) in ABC USD Head Start because his wife was told about the program from his son’s elementary school. However, it was not until his youngest daughter (now five) started Head Start that he really began to understand all the positive effects the program would have on him and his family.
Training and Empowering Family Workers to Help Families Transcend Poverty—The FDC Program
The Family Development Credential (FDC) Program is a standardized, university-certificated program that is strength-based modeled and focused on self-reliance and community empowerment. It is a requirement for LACOE delegate agency staff that provide services directly to families, and it has recently begun enrolling Policy Council (PC) parents as well.
Celebrating a Milestone: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Head Start Celebrates 50th Anniversary
On February 26, 2016, Norwalk-La Mirada USD (NLMUSD) Head Start commemorated its 50th year of providing vital early childhood education services to children of some of the area’s most disadvantaged families. “Our programs help families lift themselves out of poverty while offering their children a high-quality education,” said Laurel Parker, NLMUSD Head Start Director.