Head Start kids take dads to school

October is Head Start Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion the Broken Bow Head Start hosted a special evening Tuesday, Oct. 19. The event, now in its 10th year, is designed to get the dads actively involved in their children's education. During Male Involvement Night, the Head Start kids and their fathers play games and enjoy a variety of activities together. It also gives the fathers the opportunity to get to know the Head Start teachers and staff. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month Oct. 22, 1982. Today, 27 years after the proclamation, his words still inspire us to celebrate this great program: “Since its establishment in 1965, the National Head Start Program has helped over 25 million low income pre-school children and their families. In so doing, it has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development. “Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a “head start” in life.” The importance of parental involvement is what motivated the Broken Bow Head Start staff to initiate Male Involvement Night those 10 years ago. It is their belief that fathers can play a vital role in the education of their children, especially during the early educational years which set the tone for the remainder of their school years. Broken Bow Head Start/Early Head Start currently serves 40 children and families in Custer County. Head Start serves 3 and 4-year-olds, while early Head Start serves children birth to age 3 and pregnant mothers. For more information on the Broken Bow Head Start program, call Kathy Miller, Mackenzie Wood or Kim Clay at 872-6540. For more information on the early Head Start program, call Brenda Stupka or Stacey Zauha at 872-2744.