Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of students, staff and families garnered a visit from SIUE East St. Louis Center Executive Director Tim Staples, EdD, to all of its centers.
Head Start/Early Head Start is gradually re-opening its centers for in-person services. Staples visited the Helen Davis Head Start/Early Head Start Center on Friday, Oct. 9.
“The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start staff continues to work diligently and tirelessly to make sure our services remain of high quality, are diversified and are offered safely,” said Staples. “I am enjoying seeing first-hand how the centers are safely providing services to Head Start children and families.”
The SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves more than 860 families and children birth through age five, including children with special needs, throughout St. Clair County. The program also provides services to expectant mothers. The program is housed in 12 early childhood centers, seven managed directly by SIUE staff and five collaborations. The program includes a rigorous school readiness program and provides comprehensive services, such as health/ dental screenings and family engagement and support activities.
SIUE East St. Louis Center Executive Director Tim Staples, EdD, (left) observes as a Helen Davis Head Start staff member serves lunch to preschoolers.
SIUE Head Start/Early Head Start preschoolers eat their lunch at the Helen Davis Center.