Jefferson-Clarion Head Start Staff Receives Citation in Recognition of 50th Anniversary of Head Start Programs

JC-HeadstartCLARION, Pa. – Representatives Donna Oberlander and Cris Dush co-sponsored a Citation from the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania and presented it to the staff from Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. in honor and recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start programs.

This historic milestone represents a perfect opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the nation’s premier provider of comprehensive education, health, nutrition, mental health, and social services to our most vulnerable children and families, the five key themes and strengths of Head Start.

Head Start is a community effort. Key partnerships and effective collaborations with community-based organizations and local school districts provide a broad-based support foundation.

Families are powerful partners in the Head Start program. Parental involvement is a cornerstone for the success of Head Start and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the Head Start Program. Many parents have furthered their education and have obtained employment as a result of their involvement in Head Start. Head Start programs lead the way in community partnerships. Accessing a wide array of community resources assures that children and families receive the services they need.

Staff are the heart of Head Start. Highly qualified and well trained professional and caring staff are the main ingredient in providing high quality services to children and families to prepare them for success in school end life. Staff, children, and families are rooted in culture, and we celebrate the diversities and strengths each of us bring to Head Start 32 million reasons to be proud. Head Start and Early Head Start programs, nationally, have served 32 million children over the last fifty years. This is a program that our nation can truly be proud of.

Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. is the local Head Start program. The agency serves over 600 children and families each year through its four programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, Family Literacy, and Pre-K Counts. These programs allow the organization to provide a continuum of services to many children from birth to entrance into kindergarten. Since its inception in 1982, the agency has provided services to over 12,000 children and families in Jefferson and Clarion counties.

The agency brings in over five million dollars of federal and state money to the area, serves over 600 families each year, and employs nearly 150 people. Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. plays an important role as a leader in providing comprehensive service to children and families advocating for the area’s most vulnerable citizens and being a community leader in establishing effective partnerships with other agencies and school districts.

Please visit the organization’s website at to obtain more information and feel free to visit any of its Head Start Centers.

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