Head Start center begins outreach program

Dot Falcon
  • IF YOU GO

  • WHAT: Victoria Head Start application roundup event

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday

    WHERE: The Sam Houston Room, 2nd Floor, 120 South Main Street

    GONZALES

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday

    WHERE: St. James Parish Hall, 417 N. ...

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  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Victoria Head Start application roundup event

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday

    WHERE: The Sam Houston Room, 2nd Floor, 120 South Main Street

    GONZALES

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday

    WHERE: St. James Parish Hall, 417 N. College

    CUERO

    WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday

    WHERE: Cuero Head Start, 312 Dunn Street

    YOAKUM

    WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

    WHERE:Yoakum Head Start, 708 Boyle

    HALLETTSVILLE

    WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

    WHERE: Hallettsville Head Start, 401 S. Dowling

    PORT LAVACA

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday

    WHERE: Bauer Community Center, 2300 State Highway 35 north

    EDNA

    WHEN: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday

    WHERE: Edna Head Start, 104 Shelby Park Road

    NIXON-SMILEY

    WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday

    WHERE: Nixon-Smiley Head Start, 500 N. Anglin

    BLOOMINGTON

    WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Friday

    WHERE: Bloomington Head Start, 204 Leonard Ave. South

    PLACEDO

    WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Friday

    WHERE: Placedo Head Start, 167 N. Williams Street

  • CENTER DEMOGRAPHICS AND STAFF

  • Student ethnicity

    Latino: 448

    Bi-racial: 54

    White: 63

    African-American: 195

    Asian: 1

    Native American/Alaskan Native: 1

    Primary home language for students

    Spanish: 96

    English: 566

    Number of students by county

    Victoria: 355

    Calhoun: 88

    Lavaca: 33

    DeWitt: 72

    Gonzales: 94

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  • CENTER DEMOGRAPHICS AND STAFF

    Student ethnicity

    Latino: 448

    Bi-racial: 54

    White: 63

    African-American: 195

    Asian: 1

    Native American/Alaskan Native: 1

    Primary home language for students

    Spanish: 96

    English: 566

    Number of students by county

    Victoria: 355

    Calhoun: 88

    Lavaca: 33

    DeWitt: 72

    Gonzales: 94

    Jackson: 44

    Staff

    Family Services Workers: 12

    Teachers: 44

    Teacher Assistants: 44

    Certified teachers on staff: Over 50 percent

    Bilingual teachers on staff: 40

    SOURCE TMC Golden Crescent Head Start

  • Participating Agencies

  • These are the 16 organizations who will be at Monday's roundup.

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    MidCoast Family Services

    Gulf Bend Center

    Healthforce

    Texas Women, Infants and Children

    Early Childhood Intervention Services

    The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

    Red Cross

    Food Bank ...

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  • Participating Agencies

    These are the 16 organizations who will be at Monday's roundup.

    2-1-1

    MidCoast Family Services

    Gulf Bend Center

    Healthforce

    Texas Women, Infants and Children

    Early Childhood Intervention Services

    The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

    Red Cross

    Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

    Victoria College

    Victoria City/County Health Department

    Golden Crescent CASA

    Workforce Solutions

    Victoria Public Library

    Christus Health

    Superior Health Plan

    Driscoll Health

    Source: TMC Golden Crescent Head Start

Head Start, a federally-funded education center that provides early education for low-income students, services six counties in the Crossroads.

Organizers are hoping qualifying students register early because of the reduced number of space available for students next year.

Brandy Johnson, 32, of Victoria, enrolled her stepdaughter into the program in 2011.

"I was surprised about how helpful and the wide range of topics they were able to get us in touch with," said Johnson, the president of the center's parent policy council. "I'm a stay-at-home mom right now, and I volunteer every week."

Several local business are teaming up with Head Start to host an application roundup tour throughout the Crossroads to inform parents about the services the agency can coordinate.

"Some of the public views us as a day care center and that's not what we do," Parsons said. "We see the gains and values the children get from the program, and we know the only way out of poverty is education."

The Victoria Health Department, Red Cross, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Driscoll Health and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services are among the 16 community partners the agency has teamed up with for the string of events.

"Dental is the service that has been the highest in demand," said health manager Dot Falcon. "And that's across the nation, not just here."

The 2013 sequestration cuts are expected to take 5.1 percent out of their funding, said Rachel Parsons, Teaching and Mentoring Communities Golden Crescent Head Start program director.

TMC Golden Crescent's 2013-14 proposed operating budget is about $4.2 million.

The program provides family resources, including dental and vision work, as well as an early pre-kindergarten education for students as young as 3 years old.

Items parents will need to provide to see whether they qualify include an updated immunization record, a copy of the child's birth certificate and proof of address and income.

A total of 687 students have been enrolled in the TMC Golden Crescent Head Start program during the past 10 years, Falcon said.

The center is expecting to eliminate 19 or 20 positions for students next year, but no cuts will be made to staff, Parsons said.

"Our main goal for this event is so we don't inundate the centers at the last minute," Parsons said. "We're not looking at cutting staff because we don't want to make sure the students are taught adequately."