The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County recently hosted Head Start Community Read Week. EOC invited members of the community to come out to read to the children in its Head Start classrooms. A total of 37 readers visited EOC’s five Indian River County Head Start Centers.
“The event was a great success,” said Natalie Sanders, Head Start director. “I don’t know who had more fun, the children or the volunteers.”
“We made some wonderful new friends,” said Sanders. “Quite a few of the readers have signed up to come back and volunteer on a regular basis.”
“We are going to make this an annual event,” said EOC’s Executive Director Leonard Edwards. “It’s a wonderful way for us to engage with the community and for those interested in early childhood education to learn a little more about what we do.”
Head Start is a full-day and full-year, early childhood development program for at-risk, low-income children 3 to 5 years old. Head Start prepares children for school readiness. The program provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental and family engagement services to improve the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of children. All EOC Head Start centers have earned the National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation and been awarded the “Gold Seal of Excellence” from the Florida Department of Children & Families.
Enrollment for the Head Start 2017-18 school year is open. Don’t miss your opportunity to register your child/children (ages 3 and 4) for Head Start. To be eligible, the child must be 3 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2017. Before and after school care are available for working parents and parents enrolled in a continuing education program.
Head Start is a provider for voluntary prekindergarten. Parents must obtain a valid VPK certificate. Certificates and additional information are available from the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties at 877-220-1223.
For more information about Head Start enrollment, contact Margarita Rodriguez at 772-589-8008 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
EOC is a Community Action Agency serving Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. EOC works to empower low-income families and strengthen our community. The agency gives especially vulnerable populations the opportunity to become self-sufficient, improve conditions in which they live, own a stake in their community, and achieve their full potential. EOC has a successful track record of providing high-quality programs and services to economically disadvantaged children and families. For more information, visit www.eocofirc.net.
Original article found at https://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/indian-river-county/reader-submitted/2016/12/07/head-start-community-read-week-success-indian-river-county/95088768/