Head Start

Sheboygan County

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Mission Statement

Head Start, a family
   development program,
   empowers children and
   families by providing
   comprehensive services
   as tools for success now
   and in the future.

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History of Sheboygan County Head Start

In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty in his State of the Union speech. In the summer of 1965, the Office of Economic Opportunity launched Project Head Start as an eight week summer program. In 1966, Sheboygan Human Rights Association, Inc. applied for and received a Head Start federal grant to establish a Head Start summer program. This summer program structure remained until 1969.

In 1969 the program expanded to a school year program and currently operates under this structure. Over the years Sheboygan County Head Start has continued to expand; starting with just classrooms in Sheboygan to now having classrooms in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, and Plymouth. The program has also continued to expand the number of children and families served; starting as a small summer school classroom to now serving 212 children and families throughout Sheboygan County. As funding opportunities become available Sheboygan County Head Start will continue to expand to offer services to all those in need in Sheboygan County.

Head Start is the nation’s premier provider of early developmental and educational services improving the lives of many low income children and their families. It has been successful as serving as a national laboratory for early childhood and family services and has a positive impact on school readiness. Sheboygan County Head Start is proud of the fact that it has been providing comprehensive services to those in need since 1966.