St. Mary CAA/Head Start Recognizes October as Head Start Awareness Month

Almetra J. Franklin, St. Mary Community Action Agency’s Chief Executive Officer/Head Start Administrator announced that St. Mary Parish Head Start Centers will recognize October as Head Start Awareness Month with a variety of activities. Franklin touted the importance of Head Start. “The CAA Board, Policy Council, staff and parents are excited to be a part of the Head Start Network,” she said. “The program is valuable to the community and certainly makes a difference.”

St. Mary Parish Head Start Centers kicked off Head Start Awareness activities on Thursday, Oct. 5th when students participated in the Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Day children’s event in Franklin. Some of the local centers have planned special activities for parents. On Thursday October 19, 2017 Head Start will hold Fun Day in Caffery Park (Barrow Street in Franklin) celebrating Head Start’s 52 year of existence nationally.  All St. Mary Head Start centers and any local Pre-K schools are invited to set-up for their classes and enjoy activities planned such as 9:30 a.m. Health Walk, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: McGruff Presentation, local band entertainment, face painting, vendor presentations, fun jumps, center lunch, group competitions and prizes, etc.  Schools should register with the Family Service Department by calling (337-828-5703).

Vermilion Head Start Program will host their activity on Friday October 27 to round out events.

Local vendors are kindly requested to come out in Franklin on October 19 and set up information or safe fun items that Head Start students/visiting schools and parents in St. Mary Parish may benefit.  Vendors must register with Special Events Coordinator, Delores Stewart by calling (337) 828-5703.

Head Start is a Child Development Program funded by the federal government administered in this area by the St. Mary Community Action Agency.  The Head Start Program in St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes provides children ages 3 to 5 with a safe, nurturing and secure learning environment at no cost to the parent.  We provide the children with activities that help them to grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.  We also work with families to identify and achieve their goals and aspirations. School Readiness is a top priority for St. Mary/Vermilion CAA Head Start program. Head Start views school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life.

Please contact Family and Community Partnership Specialist, Mrs. Pearl Barnes-Rack, for further information or to confirm that you will join us for the party!


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