Head Start 2015 Learning Outcomes Reportposted 7/21/15 -- Head Start Works and has been preparing kids for Kindergarten for 50 years. Lorain County Community Action's program has been teaching just over 1,000 low-income children a year since 1966.
"There have been some longitudinal studies that Congress is really paying attention to," said LCCAA CEO Jackie Boehnlein at a recent community meeting. "The studies are really showing that high quality programs have a lasting impact on children's lives."
Boehnlein presented the agency's third annual Head Start School Readiness Outcomes Report at the Elyria Rotary Club last week. She highlighted recent improvements to the program as well as planned additional improvements, such as more teachers earning bachelor's degrees.
"The children truly are at the center of every decision we make," Boehnlein said. The Outcomes report highlights student achievement in six areas: Social Emotional Development, Physical Development, Language Development, Cognitive Development, Literacy and Mathematics. All children are assessed within 45 days of enrollment and again at the end of the school year.
Assessments use benchmarks known as "widely held expectations," Boehnlein explained. These are behaviors and skills that all four-year-old should have mastered.
In most cases, children enter LCCAA below those widely held expectations. By the end of the year, the majority meet or exceed expectations for their age as they enter Kindergarten.
"Four year olds are pretty amazing," Boehnlein told the Rotarians, who support LCCAA by donating books and performing as guest readers for the centers.
LCCAA Head Start is now enrolling for the 2015-16 school year. Click here for a quick application. To learn more about the high quality of LCCAA's program, click here to download the 2015 Outcomes Report.