The invocation was given by Miles Estes, Vice President for Advancement KCEOC Community Action Partnership. Opening remarks were presented by Paul Dole, President/CEO Community Action Partnership. Dole also read a letter from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. The letter praised the work going on in Harlan County and wished the children of Verda in Harlan County the best in their new facility.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop spoke in praise of the new facility. Also on hand for the ceremony were State Rep. Rick Nelson and magistrate Chad Brock.
Harlan County has 288 Head Start children and 75 Early Head Start children, with centers in Grays Knob, Tri-Cities and seven K-4 classrooms.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for children. Services include educational assessment and development; nutrition, health and health-related assessment, treatment and follow-up; parental involvement in the classroom; policy making, training and adult education; and supportive services to families and referrals to other providers. In addition, children with special needs are placed in group learning environments.
Children with needs often learn better with other children than in a separate group. Head Start offers the classroom, center-based programs as well as the home-based program. KCEOC operates Head Start in Knox, Clay and Harlan counties. Volunteers are welcome and are an integral part of the daily and special operations of the Head Start.
Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for families with infants, toddlers and pregnant women.
The Early Head Start mission is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning. Early Head Start offers an opportunity to enhance cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in the home or center-based environment.