‘Head Start’ for youth at ESC

Children attending the Kids Learning Place child care facility located in the ESC building are receiving a four star-rated education, according the a recent report issued by the Council on Rural Services.

The report outlined the impact of the Head Start program — an early childhood development program that has been implemented by the Council on Rural Services into classrooms like the one at ESC. Ratings are based on a five-star system that was recently upgraded from a three-star system. 

The Council on Rural Services is a nine-county, non-profit organization “that has provided holistic education and service programs to children, youth and adults in west central Ohio for 41 years,” according its website. 

There are 68 children, ages three to five, who attend the  Kids Learning Place in Wapakoneta where the Head Start program has been in place.

“The ultimate goal of the Head Start program is to transition children who are ready to learn into kindergarten,” said Liz Schoonover, Director of Early Childhood Development at the Council of Rural Services. “What we do well is to prepare children for school.”

As part of the Head Start program, educators work directly with the families of students to determine their child’s school-readiness goals, as well as goals for the parents themselves. 

Members of the Council on Rural Services will work with families to make sure that they are up to date on their immunizations, as well as making sure that they have had the appropriate physical and dental exams. 

For the full story, see the Thursday, Dec. 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.