Early Childhood Education: The Mission And Values Of Head Start

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The early childhood administrators I interviewed are Linda Ackles, Jackie Zeckser, and Shelly Wright, all from Hastings. Ackles is a retired Family Childcare Provider. Zeckser used to be a Program Coordinator for Head Start. Wright is a Preschool Teacher and Director at St. Michael’s Preschool in Hastings.
When asked about the mission and values of their respective programs, Ackles wanted to provide quality care at affordable rates. Zeckser said the values at Head Start are providing for the whole child, family involvement, and promoting strong community relationships and collaborating as a team. Wright said the mission of St. Michael’s Preschool is to provide a loving, caring Christian atmosphere. Children are encouraged to discover the joy of learning in a loving environment. This
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In addition to following state regulations, Zeckser said Head Start follows federal regulations as well. The Nebraska regulations and guidelines are the Nebraska Early Guidelines, which include social and emotional development, approaches to learning, health and physical development, language and literacy development, mathematics, science, and creative arts. The federal regulations Head Start follows are Public Law 110-134 “Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007.” Former President Bush signed this law and made in effective on December 12, 2007.
Each program has their own policies. Ackles made her own policies based on daycares she used when her own children were young. Zeckser said the primary focus at Head Start is the safety and health of the children and their families. The staff focuses on all areas of health, including mental health and nutrition. St. Michael’s Preschool policy is to make sure the children are in a safe and fun learning environment and to communicate with parents and keep them informed of their child’s

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