This Year the Arkansas Head Start Association is launching an online donor campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to help support local Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant –Seasonal Head Start programs as well as the Arkansas Head Start Association, Region VI Head Start Association, and National Head Start Association. While programs receive a major portion of their funding from the federal government, they need help to meet their inkind requirement of 20%. These funds will be used to support and enhance program quality in Arkansas. Our goal is to raise $40,000 each year.
Each year in Arkansas, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant-Seasonal Head Start programs enhance the lives of over 11,000 children and families by offering high-quality comprehensive services.
Head Start Success Story: My name is Candice Releford and I am a former Head Start student. Head Start is a great program for developing the needed skills for education and becoming an outgoing person. As an adult I decided that I would like to give back what was given to me as a Head Start child by working for Head Start myself. It was very rewarding because I knew that I was making a change in children’s lives like the Head Start staff did for me when I was a child. I received a scholarship from Head Start for being a former student. I have always enjoyed helping others accomplish their own personal goals so I decided to pursue a nursing career. I am now a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in Dallas, Tx and I'm currently working toward becoming a registered nurse (RN). I work mainly with children at the office that I work in. Head Start played a major role on the woman that I am today and I am very proud and honored to be affiliated with Head Start. I hope to give the young children that I have taught at Head Start the drive to succeed!
Since 1965, Head Start Programs in Arkansas have promoted school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families. In 1995, the Early Head Start program was created to expand support to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. The program also enrolls pregnant women to assist with access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care. The Migrant-Seasonal Head Start programs provide Head Start and Early Head Start Services to the families of migrant farm workers and seasonal farmers.
Programs enhance the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of comprehensive services including educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Parental involvement has been a major cornerstone of the program since the beginning. The programs also work to help families in setting and achieving their personal, educational and employment goals.
How your donations will be used:
Levels of Giving:
The Arkansas Head Start Association appreciates any amount that you are willing to give. The following levels of donation will be given special recognition.
Friends of Head Start Donor List
Give a gift that keeps on giving!
Bronze Level 250.00 -499.00
Silver Level 500.00 – 749.00
Gold Level 750.00- 999.99
Platinum Level $1,000.00 or more
Recognition for all Giving levels:
The Arkansas Head Start Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to ensure availability of comprehensive early childhood education and high-quality services for children and families. Donations are tax deductible.
We appreciate your efforts in helping us to enhance the lives of thousands of children and families in Arkansas.
Pamela Draper, President
Arkansas Head Start Association