On Oct. 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Head Start Awareness Month. Thirty-one years after the proclamation, his words still inspire us to celebrate this great program: "Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a head start in life."
Macon Program for Progress has operated Head Start in Macon County since the inception of Head Start in 1965. Every year parents of young children enroll their children in a program that supports early childhood development, healthy families and preparing young children to enter kindergarten with school readiness skills.
The MPP Head Start program provides services in state of the art facilities with classrooms that maintain National Association for the Education of Young Children, and North Carolina Division of Child Development Five Star Licensing, which is the highest accreditation for childcare providers. MPP childcare facilities exceed the regulations for safety of children and maintaining positive and creative classroom environments.
In recognizing October as Head Start Awareness month, MPP is looking for success stories from families in Macon County who have attended the centers and classrooms. If you are an adult who attended a Head Start center in Macon County as a child, or have had children transition from Head Start into kindergarten, MPP would like to hear from you and at the same time recognize alumni for years of providing care for children in the community. Do your remember your Head Start teachers?
Address your success stories to Glenda Sherman, MPP Head Start, PO Box 700 Franklin, NC or email to gshennan@ mppnhc.org. A copy of the final collection will be documented for (MPP Head Start Awareness month and copies mailed to all participants.
If you have young children, and did not get in for fall enrollment, keep in mind that Head Start takes applications throughout the year. Eligible children ages 0-5 are enrolled from the waiting list as openings become available. A home based option may be what you prefer for your infant or toddler that offers early childhood development guidance and age-appropriate activities you can work on with child at home. Call (828)524-4471 for more information, or pick up an application at 82 East Orchard View Drive, behind Lowes of Franklin.