Minnesota Valley Action Council will be holding an open house in Sleepy Eye on Friday, April 12 to celebrate the “Week of the Young Child.”
The open house will be held at the Head Start program site, 10-11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Elementary School.
The week of April 15-19 has been set aside by the National Association of the Education of Young Children to recognize those dedicated to caring for and educating young children throughout the country.
At the open house, families and community members can learn more about the educational opportunities available through MVAC. Anyone interested in applying for Head Start or with questions about the program can contact Cheri Hammerschmidt at 794-5660.
The Head Start program is a family-centered child development opportunity for children ages three to five. This opportunity is made available to the community by the Minnesota Valley Action Council. One of MVAC’s goals is to bring about a greater degree of social and educational competence in preschool-aged children and help them prepare for their entrance into kindergarten.
There is no charge for children to participate, but families need to meet certain federally-established income guidelines. Ten percent of the children may be over those income guidelines. The Head Start program actively recruits and serves children with diagnosed disabilities regardless of severity.
Transportation is provided when available. Staff assists families in obtaining transportation for this early learning opportunity.