Submitted by the Fulton Sunrise Rotary
At a recent Fulton Sunrise Rotary meeting, Vice President Patrick Waite introduced Heather Crofoot who is the Education Community Services Assistant from OCO Head Start.. Heather talked about the history of the Head Start program. It is a federally funded program started in 1965 by President Johnson as part of his war on poverty. Initially, it was a six week summer program designed to better prepare underprivileged children for school. They had such wonderful results that it was expanded to a full year program. Head start provides education, nutrition, and health services to the children. Goals of the program include improving literacy, social skills and physical development for greater success in school. In the 1970â€™s a family component was added to Head Start which provides support and advocacy for the family as well. In Oswego County there are 248 slots available at seven sites for children of low-income families including children with disabilities and IEP (individual education plan) needs. It continues to be an effective and important program serving a need in our County. Fulton Sunrise Rotary meets every Friday at 7 Am at Fulton's Riverside Inn.