Celebrating Head Start's 50th Anniversary

Congressman Jim Matheson
2014-09-26 15:12:24
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, Fifty years ago, the Head Start program was created as part of a concerted national effort to break the cycle of poverty. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Members of Congress, seeking solutions to the challenges faced by those in poverty, found growing evidence to suggest that education had the ability to reverse many of the prevailing causes. Further research has concluded that effective early education can improve lives, save government resources, and help everyone pursue the American dream. Head Start is unique in that it serves low-income children from birth to age five. The success of Head Start is rooted in its comprehensive approach to individual circumstances, and its commitment to address a range of issues that compound the challenges faced by those in poverty. Namely, Head Start seeks to provide emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological support, not only to the children themselves, but to their families as well. A key tenet of the program is responsiveness to the communities and cultures it serves, and the correlating practice of local investment in the program�s success. Head Start often relies on the contributions of volunteers and other donations from the community to pair with resources allocated by the federal government. Today, Head Start is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and serves more than 1 million children each year. Since 1965, more than 30 million children have participated in Head Start, among them public figures in business, academia, law, government, athletics, and entertainment. Millions more have found success and self-determination in their local neighborhoods and families. Salt Lake City was one of the original pilot locations for Head Start. Consequently, the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP), which administers Salt Lake�s Head Start program, is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Head Start�s effectiveness comes in part from its ability to adapt to the local community. In this vein, SLCAP focuses its efforts in three areas: health, education [link 4], and self-sufficiency [link 5]. Services include preventive health care, literacy and language coaching, and family counseling. SLCAP Head Start serves more than 2,400 children [link 6] in Salt Lake and Tooele counties annually with the help of 4,000 volunteers [link 7]. This year, SLCAP was designated by the National Head Start Association as a Quality Initiative Program of Achievement. The challenges faced by those caught in a cycle of poverty are difficult to overcome, but SLCAP has been successfully meeting the challenge for 50 years. I am pleased to have been a longtime supporter of Head Start. I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please let me know [link 8] areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you. � Sincerely, [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/JM_signature.gif] U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 9] [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 10] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey]
September 26, 2014

Dear Friend,

Fifty years ago, the Head Start program was created as part of a concerted national effort to break the cycle of poverty. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Members of Congress, seeking solutions to the challenges faced by those in poverty, found growing evidence to suggest that education had the ability to reverse many of the prevailing causes. Further research has concluded that effective early education can improve lives, save government resources, and help everyone pursue the American dream.

Head Start is unique in that it serves low-income children from birth to age five. The success of Head Start is rooted in its comprehensive approach to individual circumstances, and its commitment to address a range of issues that compound the challenges faced by those in poverty. Namely, Head Start seeks to provide emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological support, not only to the children themselves, but to their families as well. A key tenet of the program is responsiveness to the communities and cultures it serves, and the correlating practice of local investment in the program�s success. Head Start often relies on the contributions of volunteers and other donations from the community to pair with resources allocated by the federal government.

Today, Head Start is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and serves more than each year. Since 1965, more than have participated in Head Start, among them public figures in business, academia, law, government, athletics, and entertainment. Millions more have found success and self-determination in their local neighborhoods and families.

Salt Lake City was one of the original pilot locations for Head Start. Consequently, the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP), which administers Salt Lake�s Head Start program, is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Head Start�s effectiveness comes in part from its ability to adapt to the local community. In this vein, SLCAP focuses its efforts in three areas: health, education, and self-sufficiency. Services include preventive health care, literacy and language coaching, and family counseling. SLCAP Head Start serves more than 2,400 children in Salt Lake and Tooele counties annually with the help of 4,000 volunteers. This year, SLCAP was designated by the National Head Start Association as a Quality Initiative Program of Achievement.

The challenges faced by those caught in a cycle of poverty are difficult to overcome, but SLCAP has been successfully meeting the challenge for 50 years. I am pleased to have been a longtime supporter of Head Start.

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

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