Schools We Serve
What is a Title 1 Elementary School?
The schools we serve are Title 1 Elementary schools and Head Start Centers. Please read below to learn how our Crayon Recycling Program benefits some of the most vulnerable schools in the United States and alleviates the pressure to purchase school supplies off our teachers.
Title 1 is a Federal government program that dates back to 1965. Its purpose has been to assist underserved children meet state academic standards. Title I funding is received by more than 50% of all public schools and in school year 2015-2016, title 1 served over 26 million students. Once a school qualifies for Title 1 standing based on the percentage of low-income families served, the funds are then directed towards students with the greatest academic needs. Historically, the program’s aim is to boost student achievement for students at-risk of falling behind, in order to close the achievement gap between low-income and well-served students. To be eligible for Title 1 funding, 40% of a school’s students must be considered low-income.
What is a Head Start Center?
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life.
The Head Start Project was launched in 1965 as a comprehensive child development program. Over the past 50 years, it has provided a window of opportunity for success in life to more than 32 million low-income and other vulnerable children and their families across the United States. Head Start has remained strong in the face of changing political and fiscal climates because it has continually improved the services it delivers to children and families and responded to the changing needs of local communities.
Head Start now serves more than one million children and their families each year in urban and rural areas in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories, including many American Indian, Alaska Native, and migrant children.
The Whole Child
Head Start programs offer an ideal laboratory for the study of effective child development and learning. The Department of Health and Human Services funds extensive research every year that reinvigorates practices, ensuring that programs meet children’s needs by creating a deep understanding of how they learn and what supports healthy development. Children enter Head Start with serious socioeconomic disadvantages that can hold them back for life.
The Whole Family
Head Start supports families facing difficult circumstances and seeks to mitigate obstacles to learning in the early years.
What makes the whole child and whole family model so powerful? Nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman has suggested that the social-emotional development cultivated by programs may be the true contributor to long-term impacts, and health benefits which range from decreased child mortality to adult health behaviors. Furthermore, an additional motivator behind children’s success through elementary school and beyond are very likely parents. By helping families who are struggling with poverty and other socio-economic challenges achieve their goals for education, employment, and housing, Head Start plays a transformative role across two generations.
What are the components of a Head Start program?
Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children. There are four major components to Head Start:
- Education: Providing a variety of learning experiences to help children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
- Health: Providing health services such as immunizations, dental, medical, and mental health, and nutritional services, and early identification of health problems.
- Parent Involvement: Involving parents in the planning and implementation of activities. Parents serve on policy councils and committees that make administrative decisions; participate in classes and workshops on child development; and volunteer in the program.
- Social Services: Provide outreach to families to determine what services they need.
*Information provided by the National Head Start Association.