It all started in October 2001, when Ja Mikael Williams was accepted into Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP) Inc.’s Head Start program.

A student at the University of Alabama has tested positive for Zika virus. UA officials confirm that the student, who recently studied abroad, contracted the disease, which is transmitted primarily by the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes.

Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. follows the national requirement of reserving and serving 10 percent of its enrollment to include children with disabilities; including but not limited to physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. 

Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of all children are met. Within 45 days of enrollment into the program, each child will complete developmental, speech and language, hearing and vision screenings. 

Each school day, nearly one million children in the United States walk through the doors of a local Head Start Center and begin working, playing and learning toward school readiness for kindergarten and life.  Families play a critical role in helping children prepare for both school readiness and a lifetime of academic success. Head Start and Early Head Start programs partner with families in this endeavor.

It’s time to enroll your child into your local Head Start/Early Head Start program, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start are child and family focused educational programs that have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. 

Children are eligible for Head Start regardless of race, sex, creed or national origin as long as their family meets established criteria for enrollment which include: age, income, parent status, disability or other high risk factors. There is no cost to families for participation.

Glen Graves, Executive Board Member, American Legion, Post 34, presents Army JROTC Cadet Mills Harrison, 17, with a Certificate of Appreciation. Harrison took first place in the American Legion Post 34 Oratorical Contest by defeating four other candidates. Harrison is a junior at Hillcrest High School. He will be attending Boys State this summer at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 


At the 12th International PATHS Conference in Chicago, Sawyerville Hale County Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc., was recognized as a PATHS Model School. 

The PATHS curriculum promotes social and emotional competencies by reducing aggression and behavior problems in preschool through elementary school-aged children, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. This curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multiyear, universal prevention model. Although primarily focused on the school and classroom settings, information, materials, and activities are also included for use with parents.

By Liz Stephens

For those of us who are (ahem) a few years removed from our college days, this time of year often finds us waxing nostalgic. Seeing those graduation invites on the fridge makes us think back to the wonderful years we spent in higher learning.

Do I miss it? You bet I do. Would I go back? Maybe, for a week or so. But the truth is, when you really stop to think about it, a lot of things we’d say we miss the most about college – well, we can still enjoy those things. Granted, we might need to get a sitter and juggle schedules a bit…but still. It’s doable.

This week, the Tuscaloosa Public Library joins school libraries, university libraries, and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s world of libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library staff. Libraries are transforming.

Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library patrons as opposed to what they have for them. Libraries aren’t just a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate and learn using new technologies, discover how to use a 3D printer or just relax with a book. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources that can be accessed in person or at home.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama Head Start and Early Head Start celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 10-16. Week of the Young Child recognizes the importance of early learning and literacy, and celebrates the teachers and policies bringing early childhood education to young children.

Head Start and Early Head Start is child-focused and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. The Program seeks to positively impact development by providing rich, developmentally age-appropriate educational opportunities, fostering family partnerships, facilitating medical and dental care, serving healthy family-style meals, referring children and their families to community resources, and identifying children with special needs, linking them to appropriate services.

Here is how you can celebrate all of the youngest learners in your life.  Join in the fun!

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