The Economic Security Corporation is opening another early head start program, this time in Noel.
ECS is opening ten locations total to help low income families receive quality child care. This new program is giving families the opportunity for child care when they might not have any other options. And not only is it helping the kids get a better education, but the parents as well.
Lucia Sebastian, Parent: "I am so thankful for this program, because without this program I think I couldn't be able to get that school."
Jeff Goldammer, Economic Security Corporation Early Head Start Director: "Making a difference means making sure the children are safe while the parents are pursuing their work or their education."
The economic security corporation is beginning 10 head start programs around Southwest Missouri, including the one here in Noel. Each one is in a location to help low income families that may not have access to safe, quality childcare.
Jeff Goldammer, Economic Security Corporation Early Head Start Director: "This allows parents to continue their schooling, it allows them to get a job or keep a job, and that helps them be productive members of our society."
The program is designed to have parents actively involved in the child's learning process hoping to bring more community involvement.
Debbie Markman, Economic Security Corporation Resource Development Director: "Head Start/ Early Head Start are really about children being ready to learn, families being engaged, and working in the community."
Jeff Goldammer, Economic Security Corporation Early Head Start Dir: "Parents are a child's first and best teacher, and so we help empower the parent to just continue on at home the things that children are here learning at Head Start."
And with this new program, Lucia Sebastian has been able to continue her education.
Lucia Sebastian, Parent: "I got done with my Associate's Degree in social work. And for my next goal now I want to go for my Bachelor's in social work as well."
Debbie Markman, Economic Security Corporation Resource Development Dir: "So, if this helps a family keep their job, keep involved in the community, then we've got a win/win here."
The Noel location is still filling spots for kids. For more information you can call 417-475-6450.
For families in need to receive this kind of care at no cost to them, what a great way to help better the community.