Our guest for this segment is the Deputy Director of Preschool Service Department for San Bernardino County. They administer Head Start, a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that focuses on assisting low-income and disadvantaged families and children.
The program was created in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty. The program was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing a comprehensive program that would meet the emotional, health, nutritional and psychological needs of preschool children from low-income and disadvantaged families.
Their central premise is that “family” is the most fundamental factor influencing the lives of children. Aside from children’s educational needs, they also need a supportive, healthy home environment combined with stable and reliable relationships with adults and caregivers. In short, if you strengthen families, you automatically strengthen children.