BRAD Head Start Marks Special Anniversary

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Piggott Mayor Jim Poole reads to students at the local center during the BRAD Head Start anniversary celebration.(courtesy photo)

On Thursday, May 18, the Piggott BRAD Child Development Programs center joined other sites across the county in marking the 52nd anniversary of the start of the Head Start program.

During the observance several local elected officials visited, which gave them the chance to read to the children, talk to the staff and learn more about how Head Start serves the community's most vulnerable children and families.

“Currently we are serving 68 children and families in Piggott,” center director Tina White noted. “The staff works with the families to provide a quality early learning experience for the children and families to help them blossom and become thriving community members. Head Start brings everyone together.”

White noted the Head Start program ensures success by becoming a compassionate partner with the parents on behalf of their children.

“Recognizing that parents are their child's first and most influential teachers, we work with families to remove barriers and to deepen their ability to support their children,” she explained. “Children who go through Head Start are less likely to need special education classes or repeat grades when they’re older, and are far more likely to graduate high school and help their families escape a cycle of poverty.”

White also noted the parents benefit as well, as they have the opportunity to take advantage of training's, job development and volunteering in the classroom.

Among those visiting the center, and reading to the students, were Piggott Mayor Jim Poole and State Senator Blake Johnson, of Corning. Books for the observance were provided to the center by Scholastic Books.

The Piggott BRAD Child Development Center is located at 1020 South Taylor Avenue. Those wanting additional information may contact White at the center at 870 598-5850.

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