Hillsborough County is proud to host several events throughout the month of October to celebrate Head Start Awareness Month. The events are designed to showcase the County’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs and the children it serves, as well as raise community awareness of the benefits of Head Start.
This year’s theme, Head Start Success, emphasizes how successful former Head Start students have become, and how they have given back to our community.
· Head Start Awareness Month Celebration
Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, 600 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa
Head Start children will arrive at 11:30 a.m. to kick-off the event. The public is invited to visit special exhibits while enjoying musical presentations by Head Start participants. At noon, dignitaries, elected officials, and Head Start parents will join together in honoring the success of former Head Start students.
· Head Start Awareness and Wellness Festival
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.
Rowlett Park, 2548 River Hills Drive, Shelter #218 in Tampa
Families currently being served by the County or any of its delegates and child care partners are invited to this free event with bounce houses, food, face painting, health screenings, and community resource stations.
· Site Specific Celebrations
At each of the 19 County operated Head Start/Early Head Start sites
The different County sites will hold special events for the children and families they serve, including children’s art festivals and multi-cultural days.
Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start works in partnership in the community with its three delegate agencies, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Lutheran Services Florida, and Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, as well as six community child care providers.
For more information about any of these events, or to find the nearest Head Start/Early Head Start center, call 813 272-5140, or visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/headstart.
About Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start
For more than 47 years, Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start has helped prepare more than 80,000 low-income children for school by providing: early childhood and prenatal education; family medical, dental, mental health and social services; and 2/3 of USDA required daily nutritional needs. Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start is one of the largest grantees for Head Start in the southeastern United States, serving more than 4,000 children and families. It is a five-time Nationally Recognized Program of Excellence by the National Head Start Association; has all 19 of its centers Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and is a Quality Initiative Award winning program.