Keep Millington Head Start in Kirk Elementary School! Let our children get a better start and be prepared for Kindergarten. Help our special need and low income children not be displaced.
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Millington School Board is considering removing NEMSCA Head Start Programs from Kirk Elementary and keeping a daycare/preschool in place. We do understand that there is a need for a few more classrooms to close down Meachum but it is inappropriate to keep a daycare that is not bringing in enough finances to cover what we make from Head Start. One Head Start teacher has a Masters and the other a teaching degree. The children posted above are currently Head Start children that are receiving services. 2 of them are special needs and if the Head Start is moved it will make it harder for them to receive services like PT, OT, and Speech. Plus, if they are dual enrolled with the ESE room it will make it so they must be loaded on a bus and transferred mid-day. As tax payers we need to stand up and let the Board of Education know that we want our children's educational needs taken seriously.
"Head Start (HS) is a preschool education program for children 3 - 5 years of age whose family incomes are at or below 100% of poverty. At least 10% of enrollment slots are reserved for children with documented disabilities. Head Start is a comprehensive program in that, in addition to education, it provides for social service, health/dental, nutrition, mental health, and disability services to participating families. By coordinating these services for each child, Head Start provides skills which bring about a greater degree of social competence and allows the child to more effectively deal with their present environment and later responsibilities in school and life." - This paragraph taken from
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