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SUU Head Start


Project: SUU Head Start

Principal Investigator: Thomas Morgan

Funding Type: Federal

Funding Source: Department of Health & Human Services

Funding Amount: $3,292,334

Department: Government Relations & Regional Services - Head Start

SUU’s Head Start branch enters its 31st year of providing assistance to disadvantaged families and their small children. Last year, service was provided to 450 children from nine locations within Southern Utah. The Head Start program was implemented to prepare children for kindergarten as well as provide parents with resources in raising a child. Initiated in the summer of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson, the program has transformed from an eight-week demonstration project into a full-time program with centers throughout the country.

Head Start offers a broad range of services to increase the social competence of young children from low income families, promoting their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to prepare for a successful future. In addition to the preschool program, it provides education to parents on nutrition, home safety, and financial management as well as encourages families to stay up to date with dental exams, immunizations, and health insurance.

SUU’s branch of Head Start became the first program in the state of Utah to receive five year non-competitive grant status. This funding and the support of local businesses, families, and volunteers makes the program possible. Please visit www.suu.edu/headstart for more information on the program and to enroll your child, donate, or volunteer.

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