COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP OF NORTH ALABAMA, INC.
Head Start 2009 ARRA Program Improvement Funding - The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama's Head Start Program serves 1,779 Children and families in 12 North Alabama Counties stretching from the Mississippi line to the Georgia line. Our 100+ classrooms are located in 67 locations, both rural and small urban geographical areas.
The Preschool/Early Head Start Program is based on the premise that all children share certain needs, and that children of low-income families, in particular, can benefit from a comprehensive developmental program to meet those needs. The purpose of the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. Preschool/Early Head Start Program is to nurture children, empower families, support communities and enrich lives. We provide services and support that will enhance the quality of life for children, families, communities and staff. A healthy lifestyle, which develops social, intellectual, and emotional independence with the assistance of community resources, is promoted.
The overall goal of the Head Start Program is to foster a greater degree of social competency, to help the child?s everyday effectiveness in dealing with both present family environment and later responsibilities in school and life. Social competence takes into account the interrelationship of cognitive and intellectual development, physical and mental health, nutritional needs, and other factors that enable a child to function optimally. The Head Start Program has a comprehensive development approach to helping children achieve social competency. The Performance Standards promote the following: the improvement of the child?s health and physical problems; the improvement of the family?s attitude toward future health care and physical abilities; the encouragement of self-confidence, the enhancement of the child?s social and emotional skills; the enhancement of the child?s mental processes and skills with particular attention to conceptual and verbal skills; the establishment of patterns and expectations of success for the child, which will create a climate of confidence of present and future learning efforts and overall development; and increase in the ability of the child and the family to relate to each other and to others; and the enhancement of the sense of dignity and self-worth within the child and his/her family.
Our Head Start Program promotes effective parent participation. There are at least four major kinds of parent participation in our Head Start program. They are:
1) Participation in the process of making decisions about the nature and operation of the program;
2) Participation in the classroom as volunteers or observers;
3) Activities for the parents which they have had input into developing; and
4) Working with their children in cooperation with the center staff.
Parents may participate in policy-making decisions and operations of the program by participating in the following committees:
1) Parent Committee ? This committee is set up at the center level and is composed of parents with children currently enrolled in the program; and
2) Head Start Policy Council ? This council is composed of at least 51% parents of Head Start children presently enrolled in the program plus representatives of the community.
We continually strive to make improvements in order to meet our program goal to nurture children, empower families and enrich lives.