Capital Area Head Start focuses on early literacy

Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 3:40 AM EDT
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In this edition of Schools Rule, News 10 is focusing on a Head Start Center that’s making sure today’s kids are ready to grow up great. The program is focusing on making sure kids master a lifelong skill before they’re even in kindergarten.

The Capital Area Community Services Head Start says they’re making sure ‘Reading Month’ actually lasts all year long. They say it’ll help prepare their three, four and give year old students for lifelong success.

"They learn lots and lots of skills at Head Start,” said Lucy McClintic, Head Start Director for Capital Area Community Services.

Those skills include everything from reading, writing and personal care. The Capital Area Community Services Head Start program says they’re focused on making sure preschool students have a solid foundation.

"We really look at the full child so we want to make sure their vision problems are taken care of,” said McClintic. “We want to make sure they've been to a dentist, we want to practice life skills."

One of those skills-

"We're trying to forge a love of reading," said McClintic.

They’re trying to make that happen by opening their doors after hours for Literacy Nights several times a year.

“We’re trying to support reading at home, we suggest reading to children every night for 30 minutes.”

"They can kind of cut loose and talk to their friends and get me involved, I can talk to their teachers to see how they're doing," said Farieda, a mother of two Head Start students.

The Head Start Family Nights open up classrooms to parents who can see what their children are learning, while enjoying fun activities like letter-association games and finger painting.

Children get free books to take home with them and they get to see some of their favorite characters come to life.

“Certainly Curious George is a big character,” laughed McClintic.

Farieda says she wouldn’t trade the nights for anything.

“As a kid it means a lot to see your parents come to your school and it just shows that you care about them,” said Farieda.

The Capital Area Head Start programs recommend parents read tot their children about 30 minutes every day.

For more information on their services,