Celebrates National Head Start Awareness Month.

Central Missouri Head Start and Early Head Start programs announce October is National Head Start Awareness Month. To celebrate, Head Start programs across the state are participating in community awareness activities to further educate others on the quality-comprehensive services provided by Head Start and their collaborative community partners.
The Williams Family Support Center held a “Wake Up with Head Start” event Tuesday evening. The theme for the local event was “Tough The Truck.” Parents and children had the opportunity to view several vehicles that are used on a daily basis to help people in the community.  
Vehicles placed on the parking lot of the center included a Mexico Public Safety fire truck and police car, an Audrain County ambulance, a Mexico school bus; a John Deere tractor and a truck from Ameren Missouri. The children stood in line so they could sit in the driver’s seat of each vehicle. They also toured the back of the ambulance and even heard the sirens of the fire truck and police vehicle.
According to Patty Voshell, director at the center, the special event was held so the children could check vehicles which are important to the community. It was also an opportunity for the community to check out the Williams Family Support Center. The center is licensed for 72 students, 60 preschool and 12 infant and toddlers.   
After the parents and children checkout the vehicles they were served a light supper.
Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood education for income-eligible families to better prepare these children for kindergarten and future education. Statistics show that access to early childhood education is a driving factor in positive outcomes for children.
Anyone who would like more information on the local Head Start program should call Voshell at 581-6806.