As the 2017-2018 school year came to a close, Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) Project Head Start celebrated Class Day programs at each of its Head Start centers during the month of May. After a year of structured learning that follows the Teaching Strategies GOLD curriculum, 849 four-year-old students transitioned from preschool to kindergarten, ready to go to the next level. “In the education department, school readiness is our focus from day one,” said Dr. LaTessa Long, director of Children’s Services. “The curriculum used in our Head Start classrooms align with the Mississippi Curriculum Framework, which outlines the objectives children should master by certain ages, as prescribed by the Mississippi Department of Education. For preschoolers, that’s making sure they’re prepared to succeed in school the first day they enter a kindergarten classroom.
At HCHRA’s Midtown Head Start Center Class Day program, the students demonstrated through songs and recitations, accompanied by music and movement, that they had mastered key learning objectives such as knowing numbers, the alphabet, colors and shapes. Midtown Center Administrator Charlotte Johnson gave 46 elated Head Start students a hearty handshake as she handed them their certificates of completion, signaling their readiness to move from preschool to “big” school. Parents stood proudly to capture pictures of this important milestone, never to relive this moment again, except for the memories captured in photos.
“We are proud to witness the progress of our Head Start students as they move from one level of learning and growing to the next,” said HCHRA President and CEO Kenn Cockrell. “Our goal is to equip them with the academic and social skills they need in order to master kindergarten and be successful in life. To do that, we utilize the best education tools available, as well as provide opportunities to promote the overall well-being of our children and their families in their homes, outside of the classroom.”
Hinds County Human Resource Agency Project Head Start offers educational services for children three to five years of age. It is designed to encourage healthy development of young children through its wide range of services at 12 Head Start centers and 2 satellite sites located throughout Hinds County, Mississippi. We provide a quality learning environment, medical, dental, nutrition, disability and social services, all at no cost to the families we serve. Help make a positive impact in the life of a child. Tell parents of 3- and 4-year-old children about the services available through Head Start and encourage them to apply. For more information on Head Start, click here.