Preschool students and elected officials celebrate National Head Start Awareness Month

This month Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan), welcomed United States Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-4) and Michigan House Representative Joel Johnson (D-97) to read to Head Start and Great Start Readiness preschool students in Clare and Gladwin Counties. The occasions observed National Head Start Awareness Month and honored Head Start’s 50th anniversary.

On Oct. 5 Congressman Moolenaar read “Bark George” to students in Farwell. Representative Johnson read a “Pete the Cat” book on Oct. 12 to students in Gladwin.

“The goal of Mid Michigan’s preschool program is to encourage the healthy development of children and to foster a love of learning through a hands-on, fun approach to learning, with a focus on literacy,” said Sue Harvey, director of early childhood services at Mid Michigan. “The visits from Congressman Moolenaar and Representative Johnson gave our students a chance to do just that with the added bonus of interacting with community leaders.”

Head Start, which is federally funded, and Great Start Readiness, which is funded on the state level, use curriculum designed to build a solid educational foundation. This early development of curiosity sets the stage for students’ school readiness. Both programs are offered for free to eligible residents in Clare and Gladwin Counties.

“As adults it is so important that we do our part to instill a love of learning during a children’s formative years because it is essential to their future educational and personal success,” said Representative Johnson.

Congressman Mooleanaar added “Children follow the lead of those around them. By showing them that learning can be fun at any age they are encouraged to continue making it a priority throughout their lives.”

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