Ozark Action Head Start has kicked off Head Start Awareness month. In Oregon County, there are three Head Start programs, one in Thayer and two in Alton.
Head Start is a total child development program designed to help children and their families grow. Thayer Head Start teacher Candace Young said, "We work very close with the families of the children enrolled."
Children participate in classroom activities designed to enhance their social and emotional growth. Head Start students are definitely not shy. The children at Thayer were more than excited to share their projects, including scarecrows made from paper plates, and how excited they are to dress up for Halloween.
At Alton, the classes were enjoying the nice fall weather by playing outside. One Head Start student said, "My favorite part about Head Start is playing outside." When asked what he has learned while in the program he replied, "I have learned how to make friends."
"During the month of October, we take field trips to celebrate awareness," said Young. Head Start programs will take children to local farms, and the Pumpkin Patch in West Plains.
Children in Head Start learn about good health and nutrition, and participate in developmental screenings. Parents are encouraged by Ozark Action to join in full partnership with them by working with their children and participating in program activities at the centers and in their communities.
Thayer Head Start will have an Open House on Friday, Oct. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Alton Head Start will have an Open House on Friday, Oct. 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Each Head Start program has a teacher, two teacher aides, and a cook. Oregon County Ozark Manager Michele Myers covers Thayer and Alton.