September 23, 2019
The RPC will host its first Head Start Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9am to 12pm at Urbana’s Meadowbrook Park (2808 S. Race Street). The event is taking place during Head Start Awareness Month, created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan to build knowledge of and support for Head Start’s whole-child and whole-community approach to supporting families on their path to success.
There is no charge to participate in the Head Start Awareness Walk, and free drinks and protein snacks will be provided to all walkers. Participants are encouraged to register online by Monday, October 14.
“Along with the families and children who are part of our Head Start program, we invite all members of the community to participate in this event and help us celebrate the great services Head Start provides to Champaign County,” says Brandi Granse, the RPC’s Early Childhood Education director. “Head Start alumni can be found throughout our community, having become business owners, teachers, and others who started on their path to success in our program.”
Head Start, a program of the RPC’s Early Childhood Education division, was launched in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children living in poverty. More than 33 million children have benefited from Head Start’s unique approach, which is built on the premise that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, can reach their full potential. Today, Head Start serves more than one million children, families, and pregnant women each year. The RPC took over administration of the program in Champaign County in 1995.
First Head Start Awareness Walk
Saturday, October 19, 2019 (9am to 12pm)
Meadowbrook Park (2808 S. Race Street, Urbana, IL)