Funds Give Children a "Head Start" to Their Future

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Shannon Lemons of Angels Childcare Academy says, "I think it helps a lot, as a parent, my child was behind in school because of her birthday coming late. Because of this program, it also would help them mature as well as grow and learn.”

The academy is a facility that takes in a handful of “Head Start” children in Dothan. She says she thinks pre-school is an important tool for students, and is thankful more are having the opportunity to enroll.

Jerrynetta Evans, the principal of “Head Start” pre-school, says, “We have received state funding for two pre-kindergarten state programs to serve an additional 36 children."

Principal Evans says extra funding has allowed for more parents to take advantage of the “Head Start” program.

Evans feels the program gives little ones a jump start for their future, and, she's not the only one.

Dell Goodwin, the Director of Personnel for Dothan City Schools, says, "It's very important for children to have that early head start in their education."

Goodwin says pre-school is a vital stepping stone in the students' young lives.

Goodwin also says, "It's hard to think that kindergarten children are not ready, but there are students that come to kindergarten that are already behind in their education, so it really helps those students that need to be given a head start."

Even though parents like Lemons did not have the opportunity to enroll their child in “Head Start,” it brings a smile to her face knowing other children now have the opportunity.

Principal Evans says she hopes to continue to receive funding for the program, to continue giving a brighter path for many young lives.

There is still open enrollment in the “Head Start” pre-school if you would like to enroll your child.

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  • by annonamous Location: Dothan on Jan 27, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    The program is great for those who get approved. It is'nt fair to those who need it more than those who get in and yet they can't get approved. All children should be treated equally, and not depended on stacks of paper work. It's really sad and unfair.
  • by Barbara Location: Dothan on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    Obviously this is another comment from someone who has absolutely no documentation or knowledge of Head Start and it's success rate. Head Start has a proven track record with outcomes that are accessible to the public. I'm sorry someone so bitter is making these comments. Many children are not ready to learn in Kindergarten and Head Start is a preparation tool for those children and a spring board for children who are ready to learn. If you think all they do is draw stick figures you are extremely behind in your thinking. Children today need to know their basics (colors, alphabet letters and sounds, numbers,etc.) BEFORE they go to Kindergarten. Also, playground activities are needed for physical and mental health and help to teach our children how to be physically active to prevent the obesithy that is so prevalent in todays society. Please do not let one bad comment ruin the reputation of a wonderful program for you.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Headstart = Free daycare. 40 years of failure. The high school dropout rate among those that "Headstart" was suppose to help is 65%. About the same as 40 yrs ago. Playing on swings and drawing stick figures isn't a head start on anything. Kindergarten is and was where a child begins to actually learn anything at 5 yrs of age. Headstart is a worthless feelgood Govt program designed to provide free daycare for parents who are uninvolved in their childs education. "Pre School" and "Headstart are nothing more then Free Daycare for working moms.
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