Metro Action Celebrates National Head Start Awareness Day on October 31
Lisa McCrady (615) 862-8860, Ext. 70144 or (615) 566-4710 cell
Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school
In an effort to increase the community’s awareness of Head Start and Early Head Start and the great things going on in the lives of the children served, programs around the country dedicated the month of October as Head Start Awareness Month.
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start Centers throughout the city will conclude the month long celebration of Head Start Awareness month by recognizing October 31 as Head Start Awareness Day.
Head Start programs prepare America’s most vulnerable young children to succeed in school and in life beyond school. To achieve this, Head Start programs deliver services to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners.
Metro Action’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which is Nashville’s largest provider of early learning for families of children birth to 5 years old, is funded to serve 1,485 families. In addition to the agency’s 7 Head Start centers, Metro Action partners with three partner locations, the McNeilly Center for Children (Main and Infant and Toddler locations) and Casa Azafran to offer Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Head Start encompasses Head Start preschool programs, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Head Start services are delivered nationwide through 1,600 agencies which tailor the federal program to the local needs of families in their service area.
In Nashville, in addition to providing comprehensive support services and preschool programming through Early Head Start and Head Start, the Metropolitan Action Commission also provides a workforce development component called MAC4Jobs which provides specialized trainings and workforce initiatives for Head Start and Early Head Start parents.
Currently the MAC4Jobs program offers trainings in industry specific certifications and placements in careers such as Information Technology and Childcare, which increases the parents’ earning potential and allows families to become more economically secure. Opportunities to further their education as well as impact parents that are unemployed or underemployed are also services provided by the MAC4Jobs program. The agency also offers opportunities to teenage siblings of Head Start and Early Head Start children during the summer.
Check out the agency’s social media pages to see how the agency’s Head Start Centers celebrate Head Start Awareness Day on Tuesday in Nashville (Facebook: @MetroActionCommission, Twitter: @MetroActionComm).