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Does Head Start Really Work?

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, proclaims “YES!” Vice President of Corporate Governance for Natural Gas Company, Questar, Rey Butcher, proclaims “YES!” President of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, proclaims “YES!” Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez proclaims “YES!” All of these Head Start supporters know that Head Start indeed works in providing brighter futures for at-risk children because they themselves are Head Start alumni, Head Start graduates, Head Start success stories, Head Start proof! These successful citizens are an inspiring window into the impressive 32 million Head Start alumni who bolster our United States economy today. Head Start was established in 1965 to educate America’s most vulnerable children living in poverty. Secretary Burwell invites the nation to build upon Head Start’s fiftieth anniversary celebration by taking up the cause for the at-risk children in today’s American landscape. Join our nation’s movement to change the future. Fifty years from now the wee little preschoolers who we educate today, will be the leaders of our community tomorrow. Build a better future for our children, yourself, and our nation. Become an Orange Children & Parents Together supporter. Invest today. Donate!

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Happy Birthday, Head Start! 50 Years Strong!

Take a moment to look around your community today. It is very likely that you will run into some of the millions of Americans who began their success at a Head Start child development center just like Orange Children & Parents Together. Head Start graduates are our mayors, teachers, police officers, librarians, congresspeople, nurses, attorneys, doctors, authors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the nonprofit community. Since 1967 OCPT has served over 95,000 individuals, some of whom continued their education beyond high school, into college, and graduate programs. So this year as we collectively celebrate 50 years of high-quality early childhood education, we are also celebrating the strength and success of citizens all around us who achieved the American Dream and in turn fortify the economic and social fabric of the United States.

It All Starts with Quality Education

Have you ever tried to build a house from the roof down? Of course not. To fortify a house, one needs to begin with a strong foundation. Building a strong personal future is like building a home, and the foundation for that future is education. Orange Children & Parents Together embraces current research and data that demonstrates the positive impacts of early childhood education for children, families, society, and the national economy. OCPT focuses on children from birth to five-years-old because 90% of brain development occurs during those formative years. Investing in children early increasing their likelihood for high school graduation and full-time employment, while decreasing the likelihood to receive public assistance or be incarcerated. As a society, everyone gains and grows by building better futures through early childhood education. Read more about recent gains in early childhood development here.

Caring Educators + Quality Curriculum = Successful Students!

Orange Children & Parents Together collectively smiled upon reading the recent Brookings research on quality early childhood education. Brookings’ description of “process quality” in an early childhood education program was like a window into one of our child development centers. The research stated how multiple studies show that for children, a rich learning environment is one where they experience interactions that are responsive, warm, sensitive to their perspectives, and plentiful in language. The quality of interactions in the care-giving setting plays a crucial role in allowing young children to explore, learn, and ultimately to reach their potential. Orange Children & Parents Together is composed of highly skilled educators dedicated to the nurturing of young children through meaningful experiences and research based curriculum. If we do not invest more today and do so wisely to build strong foundations for young children, we risk forgoing the gains that can be realized through healthier, more productive, and better citizens in the future. Learn more about “process quality” and read the full article here.