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Head Start and Early Head Start
are administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ESC Region 19, one of 20 regional service centers in Texas, is the grantee agency for the Head Start program in El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

Education Service Center Region 19 Head Start Birth to Four Early Education proudly serves the community by helping improve the quality of life for thousands of low-income children and their families. The program offers a full range of
high-quality early education and development services that are designed to increase the school readiness and foster the healthy development of young children from birth to age 4. For children, Head Start services are designed to be holistic, weaving together the educational, physical, social, emotional and parental threads that form a healthy and school ready kindergarten student. For parents, the program encourages and equips them with the tools they need to help their children learn and succeed. The program also offers parents resources that help them to become self-sufficient and productive members of our community.

Partnerships with school districts, local agencies, social services and healthcare providers throughout our community serve to enrich family living and assist with individual needs.

There are 30 Head Start centers serving more than 4,500 children and expectant mothers. We welcome the opportunity to serve our community. Come by and visit our centers.

History


In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech. Subsequently, a panel of experts developed a comprehensive child development program to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. In the summers of 1965 and 1966, Project Head Start was launched as an eight-week program designed to break the cycle of poverty by providing children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. In 1969, Head Start was transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Child Development in the U.S. Department Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1977 Head Start began bilingual and bicultural programs in about 21 states. In 1995, the first Early Head Start grants were given and in 1998, Head Start was reauthorized to expand to full-day and full-year services. Head Start was most recently reauthorized again in 2007, with provisions to strengthen Head Start quality. Head Start has served over 30 million children since 1965, growing from an eight-week demonstration project to include full day/year services and many program options.

Mission


“It starts with the success of our children, families and staff. We enrich the social, emotional, linguistic, educational and physical development of those we serve, and thus are building their foundation for lifelong learning.”

Vision


To collectively build a solid foundation that inspires and impacts the readiness and future success of children and families within their community.

Core Beliefs


We believe
Every child and family is our priority!
Trusting relationships are essential to our success
We impact the quality of lives of those we serve
Accountability includes exceeding local, state, federal and program standards
In effective communications and collaboration
Our unique systems approach sustains and drives positive outcomes
In evidence-based decision making
Our quality journey produces systemic organizational excellence and innovation


 
   
 
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