CEO’s Head Start Participates in Take Your Child To School DayPosted September 21, 2012
RENSSELAER COUNTY, NY (09/20/2012) – On September 20, 2012, the Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region’s (CEO) seven Head Start centers participated in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day,” a project of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The day engaged 126 fathers and father-figures in their child’s education and development.
“Active parents – both mothers and fathers – are crucial to the social, emotional, behavioral, and educational growth of children and youth,” CEO Executive Director Karen E. Gordon shared. “At CEO Head Start, we work diligently to encourage fathers and father-figures to enjoy an active role in their child’s life, and to realize that the support they offer will immensely contribute to that child’s success. Responsible parenting is a priority at CEO, and we were able to highlight this component of our Head Start programs today.”
As part of agency philosophy, CEO seeks to engage fathers/father-figures in the lives of their children, ages six weeks to five years, who are enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs. CEO’s goal is to help promote positive relationships and development, and encourage responsible parenting. With active parents, children tend to exhibit increased confidence, display healthier behaviors, and earn better grades in school.
Families participating in the day joined their children and CEO staff in a variety of fun activities, including story time, crafts, and classroom volunteer work. For more information about these events, contact Morgan Storms, Director of Early Childhood Services, at 518.272.6012 ext. 304; firstname.lastname@example.org.