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5 Ways HACAP Head Start is Benefiting Iowa Communities

Sep 29, 2014

October is just around the corner as well as Head Start Awareness Month! Here at HACAP our Head Start Program benefits not only our clients but volunteers and employees who help with the education and development of our children. In our first blog we want to focus on 5 ways Head Start is benefiting the local communities and how you can get involved!

1. HACAP Head Start offers meaningful engagement opportunities. Are you looking for a way to benefit your community and make a difference? Being a volunteer for Head Start can be very rewarding and fun! Many people volunteer through their church, place of work, or in their free time. There are many different engagement opportunities: sewing for the kids, which includes making: hats, mittens, blankets, and cot sheets for the children. Head Start also encourages parents to participate in any parent involvement activities: parent committee, home visits, literacy and nutrition activities among others. Head Start also supports the Foster Grandparent Program where Iowan’s over 55 can volunteer in the classrooms and serve as a positive mentor to the children. Acting as a guest reader in our classrooms or offering to lead an arts & crafts activity are other ways to get involved.

2. It’s easy for the community to get involved. HACAP Head Start offers several opportunities for volunteers to help secure successful future for youth in our communities and it’s easy to get started.  If you are interested in getting involved with HACAP and Head Start you can fill out our online volunteer interest application or contact our Volunteer Coordinator Regina Boutwell at rboutwell@hacap.org. We can also be reached at our corporate office: 1515 Hawkeye Dr. Hiawatha, Iowa 52233 or by telephone: 319-393-7811. Please note that some volunteer roles working closely with children will require a background check.

3. Head Start strengthens the development of children. Head Start is an all-encompassing program that promotes the health, socialization and education of all children. To prepare our children for kindergarten we strive to help them meet their goals through school readiness. This term can be defined as children being ready for school, families ready to support their child’s learning, and schools are ready for the children who enter their doors.

4. Head Start promotes healthy family functioning. Parents are a child’s main teacher and supporter; we encourage parent involvement in everything from volunteering for Head Start, attending your child’s conferences, and by working with our staff to provide the best services possible for the children.

5. We encourage child safety. The Take 25 Initiative was created to encourage parents and caregivers to sit down for 25 minutes with their children and discuss child safety. Last year HACAP sponsored 16 Child ID events and gave 400 children and their parents Child ID kits. Local law enforcement shared information to parents and children on how to stay safe at home, online and in the community.


Cheryl Collins “Head Starts strengthens communities because it is a collaborative program engaging many agencies to support our families and children,” said Cheryl Collins, Head Start Training Coordinator. 

 

Written by: Nicole Wise



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