Both Dena and Patrick
have been very involved in the Head Start Program. Dena serves as the
Vice Chair of the Policy Council at the center, and Patrick participates
in the Male Involvement Program as a parenting role model and counselor
to other young fathers.
"We are trying
to get young teen parents ready and on top of issues to benefit their
children and the community at large. We are all about building trust,"
says Mr. Minter. For Amina, Dena, and Patrick, and the other 800 families
served in child care by Babyland, it's a start.
More About Head
Start Program, administered by the Department of Health and Human
Services, has served 17,714,000 children since it began in 1965.
1999 customer satisfaction
index for the Head Start Program, as measured among parents
of children participating in the program, was 87 on a 0-100 scale.
This was the highest score of all Federal agencies participating
in the customer satisfaction survey. In fact, it was higher than
the highest private sector organizations in all fields - even
reactions are due to benefits both the child and the family are
Parents feel the program is open to their ideas and participation.
index of parent trust is 94 on a 0-100 scale, another outstanding
score, and the vast majority of parents would recommend the program
What's the bottom line?
Parents think that the Head Start Program works. It benefits their children
in multiple ways, including getting along with other children, improving
their behavior, offering health services to them, and effectively preparing
them for kindergarten.