The Beneficial Head Start Program
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The Head Start program is a beneficial one that helps youth overcome educational
setbacks. In order for one to understand the benefits of the program one must know what
its goals are, how its goals continue to be accomplished, what specific setbacks are remedied from it and how others feel about it.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that has an overall goal
to prepare children from low-income families for school (The Administration For Children And Families, 2002). To prepare a child for school the program has the goal of
meeting educational, health, social service, and parental needs. “Head Start also wants to help bring about a greater degree of social competence in these children (Mallory and Goldsmith, 2002).” The program has met a goal of impacting child development and day care services, and the increasing availability of services offered to low-income families and their children (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2002).
There are many factors that play a part in the accomplishment of these goals.
Head Start meets educational needs by ensuring that each child is exposed to different learning experiences that nurse intellectual, social, and emotional growth (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002). The children are in an atmosphere for gaining knowledge but at the same time are placed with peers whom they can build social skills and form relationships with.
Health needs are met due to the program’s emphasis on early detection of medical problems. Each child in Head Start becomes involved in a health program. The health program covers immunizations, medical, dental, and mental services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002). Immunizations are not only important for the Head Start program but are also imperative for the enrollment of a regular school.
The social services aspect of needs is met after the needs are identified. The family would be eligible for community outreach programs, referrals, recruitment and enrollment of other children, and emergency assistance and or crisis intervention (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002).
Although the Head Start program focuses on preparing the children for school it does offer outreach and training activities to assist parents with understanding their child’s development and their overall parenting skills (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). Parental needs are met when parents receive classes or workshops that educate them on their child’s development allowing parents to create activities for their child at home as well as when they are in Head Start (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2002).
“The program also encourages parents to: volunteer in the classroom, participate in home visits by the teacher at least twice a year, enroll in job training programs, literacy programs, or other adult education ...