Now that summer is coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of school. If your child has been accepted into the Head Start/Early Head Start program in your community, the first day of school is approaching fast. 

Liz Huntley, author and child advocate, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Adopt-A-School Kick-Off Seminar and Lunch, scheduled for August 4 at University Church of Christ.

Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley is a committed child advocate and a passionate litigation attorney. She practices law at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham.

It's important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active by running, jumping, climbing and exploring their world.  Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The possibilities are endless; children will enjoy exercise if you introduce it early and often. Go out and play. Have fun as a family!

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.

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