Kidco Head Start's mission is to provide a comprehensive early childhood development program that supports children and families.
Kidco Head Start/Early Head Start is a free infant/toddler and preschool program that serves families from Linn, Benton and Marion Counties. Enrollment is based on age, income and special need. The infant/toddler program serves pregnant mothers children to 36 months of age. The preschool program serves children who turn three or four years old on or before September 1st. Four year olds are given priority at most centers.
We believe we are a positive influence in the lives of children and families.
We acknowledge parents as the most influential teachers of their children.
Kidco Head Start is an inclusive anti-bias program committed to promoting the acceptance and appreciation of human diversity.
HEAD START HISTORY
"Since 1965, Head Start has served millions of children and families by promoting school readiness, by providing comprehensive services, and by emphasizing the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher."
In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared The War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech. Shortly thereafter, Sargent Shriver took the lead in assembling a panel of experts to develop a comprehensive child development program that would help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. Among these experts were Dr. Robert Cooke, a pediatrician at John Hopkins University, and Dr. Edward Zigler, a professor of psychology and director of the Child Study Center at Yale University.
Part of the government's thinking on poverty was influenced by new research on the effects of poverty, as well as on the impacts of education. This research indicated an obligation to help disadvantaged groups, compensating for inequality in social or economic conditions. 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 tenet 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.
For further information about Head Start the National level visit (ECLKC)