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    Head Start Awareness Month

    Media Contacts:
    Kris Kinzli, 303-271-4601, kkinzli@jeffco.us
    Mallory Hyatt, 303-271-4389,mhyatt@jeffco.us

    October is Head Start Awareness Month, a time to highlight the window of opportunity Head Start gives the community's most vulnerable children and families. Jefferson County Head Start is a child-focused and family-centered preschool program which provides a range of individualized, wrap-around services in areas of education, early childhood development, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, family support, and parent involvement. With educational programming available for children ages 3 to 5, this no-cost program is available to families who are at or below the federal poverty level, which for a family of four is $22,350 during 2011; however, other families may qualify.

    Head Start programs are gaining recognition. On average, Head Start graduates rank higher in language, literacy, social conduct, and physical development than their non-Head Start peers. With more than 25 million alumni to date, Head Start is making a positive impact on the lives of low-income children across the country. In 2010, during the fall school semester (9/7/10-12/31/10), Jefferson County Head Start served 471 children in clear Creek, Park, Gilpin and Jefferson County.

    Head Start is the nation's leading investment in early childhood care and education. For every $1 invested, Head Start yields a return on investment ranging from $7 to $9. While in the short-run Head Start programs provide a range of support services that benefit children and their families, long-term educational, health, economic, and social impacts not only benefit vulnerable children and families but contributes to a better economy, improved government finances, and health care savings for small businesses and hard working Americans. Head Start services provided to children at a young age, as well as families as a whole, leads to decreased need for children to receive special education services in the future, a decreased high school dropout rates of these students, a reduction in health care costs over time, and more.

    "Children are the focus, but wrap-around family services are also an important aspect of the program. Jefferson County Head Start staff are committed to assisting families to become stronger, healthier and self reliant," states Head Start Director, Gayle Perryman.

    Every child deserves an education. In today’s economy more families are struggling to make ends meet and are worried about how they will send their children to school. Jefferson County Head Start is here to help. To learn more about Head Start, watch a video by clicking here.

    Arvada Head Start, 5150 Allison Street, Arvada, CO 80002
    Wheat Ridge Head Start, 12725 West 42nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

    For more information, please contact Michelle Kalkwarf at mkalkwar@jeffco.us or 720-497-7908.

    October 10, 2011

    Last Updated: 8-19-2014