Franklin County Head Start Program, Inc. becomes a Head Start grantee, serving 365 children as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.
Head Start was designed to help break the cycle of poverty, providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. A key tenant of the program established that it be culturally responsive to the communities served, and that the communities have an investment in its success through the contribution of volunteer hours and other donations as nonfederal share.
Early Head Start home visiting and center-based services are added for 72 children prenatally to age 3. Franklin County Head Start serves 48 children and their families through weekly 90-minute home visits, and bi-monthly group socialization time. Three classrooms are based in Waynesboro for 24 children.
Early Head Start programs provide family-centered services for low-income families with very young children. These programs are designed to promote the development of children, and to enable their parents to fulfill their role as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency. Early Head Start programs also mobilize the local community to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for children and families.