On Monday, June 1, 2015, U.S. Congressional staff members joined Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) director of Head Start/Early Intervention, Dr. Nicole Mancini, as well as the District’s Legislative Affairs team, for a tour of the District’s Head Start programs at Sunland Park Academy and Plantation Elementary School. Participating Congressional offices included: Senator Marco Rubio (R- Florida), Senator Bill Nelson (D- Florida), Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24).
Attendees visited classrooms, observing the Head Start three- and four-year- old students during their instructional activities. Attendees also discussed the need for increased funding for the Head Start Program and appropriate early education standards for Head Start to ensure school readiness.
The District’s Head Start program currently serves 2,040 Head Start and 80 Early Head Start families. The Head Start program:
- Provides high quality comprehensive services to low-income children and their families to ensure social competence.
- Offers free comprehensive services to economically disadvantaged children and families.
- Streamlines the coordination of services and referrals required to meet the needs of Head Start families enrolled in the program.
- Coordinates services such as speech/language evaluations, psychological referrals, and counseling to ensure families receive referrals and services in a timely manner.
“Head Start is an essential part of our early learning toolkit for student success,” said Sheela VanHoose, BCPS Legislative Affairs director. “We appreciate the engagement of our congressional staff, as we demonstrate the value of this program.”
For more information on Head Start, contact Dr. Nicole Mancini, director, BCPS Head Start/Early Intervention, at 754-321-1951.
For more information on Legislative Affairs, contact Sheela VanHoose, director, BCPS Department of Legislative Affairs, at 754-321-2608.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.