St. Mary Head Start centers open next Thursday
The first day of school for the St. Mary Head Start program, is Thursday, Aug. 23, according to chief Executive Officer Almetra Franklin of St. Mary Community Action Agency.
Parents are asked to bring their children in on the first day and buses will return the children home. All children should arrive at the center by 8:30 a.m. but not before 8 a.m. Buses will leave the centers at 2:15 p.m. Parents or a guardian must be home to receive their child. Children are expected to be dressed in the proper uniform of navy blue and white.
In preparation for the first day of school, the agency is holding Parent Orientation for new and returning parents on Monday beginning at 5 p.m. at Broussard Harris Recreation Center for Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and Snow White centers. These Head Start centers are located in Four Corners, Baldwin, Franklin and Verdunville.
St. Mary & Vermilion Head Start is known locally, statewide and nationally for providing quality, comprehensive services to children ages three to five years. These services include developmental, appropriate, educational activities, health and mental health services, socialization and two hot, delicious meals and a snack for the children.
“Parent Orientation is mandatory for Head Start parents and is held to acquaint parents with the rules and regulations governing the Head Start program and to ensure a smooth transition from home into the Head Start program,” Franklin said. “We are asking that both parents please attend orientation.”
Franklin said the agency appreciates parents’ cooperation and anticipates a trouble free first day of school. If there are any questions, you may contact Janice Tate, Family and Community Partnership specialist, at 828-5753 or 1-800-368-1851 or Elaine Collins, Family and Community Partnership assistant at (337) 893-2528.