Earlier this month, the Alliance City Council signed a proclamation declaring the month of October as Head Start Awareness month.

Vice Mayor Brian Mischnick read the proclamation, noting that Head Start is a federally-funded early childhood development program that helps children achieve their full potential.

“Head Start provides comprehensive health, nutritional, educational, social services, family and community development, and meaningful parental involvement,” said Mischnick. “Head Start focuses on children’s language development, early literacy, social skills, and giving their parents the skills to become their child’s first and best teacher.”

He said that Head Start works to provide preventative and intervention services to families from all economic backgrounds.

Alliance’s Head Start program serves 83 children. Recently, they have worked to launch a backpack program, as well as a literacy program that provides free books. Representatives at the meeting noted that thy have more projects and programs in the works to help serve the community’s youth.

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